Homelessness is a cyclical, growing problem that lacks abundant solutions and can deeply impacts teens. While there are organizations in the Denver area whose missions are to provide support to the homeless, we want to focus on organizations that can also provide solutions for youth homelessness.
FOSTER CARE SYSTEM
The foster care system is an integral part of our community. However, it isn’t built to aid children and young adults who age out of the system, which can result in homelessness. This is a very important issue that requires more attention and awareness.
Preventive programs can include educational activities in schools, one-on-one counseling, and others. Programs that address issues such as drug abuse, mental health, and education can make a substantial impact in the outcome of a young individual’s life. Our board found preventative programs to be an underfunded sector that yields promising results.
Geographic Restrictions: Our YouthBoard has decided that it would be most beneficial to provide support to organizations that are focused on the heart of the Denver area. In doing so, we hope to mitigate these problems, spread awareness, and spark drive in others to make a difference. (Please note that each YouthBoard has a different geographic location and different funding priorities every year. Nonprofits should review all YouthRoots Requests for Proposals to find the best fit.)
Other Notes: We as a YouthBoard understand that the needs we have identified are all interconnected. One can be the cause of another, and vice-versa. We would like to help organizations that focus on prevention of contributing factors to youth homelessness. For example, we are interested in organizations that address specific needs, such as: 1) Prevention programming related to trauma and mental health, 2) Transitional/support programs for youth exposed to the foster care system, 3) Substance use treatment and support, and 4) School support for youth trying to be successful in school while dealing with these issues. This way, we can donate to multiple organizations that all focus on one aspect of our needs. We hope that this produces a holistic approach that helps provide support to our identified needs.