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Youth Worker Cafe: LaPorte County

Understanding Youth Homelessness: Defining Situations, Contributing Factors and the Impact on Youth

January 19, 2018

12:30pm - 2:00pm (Eastern)

11:30am - 1:00pm (Central)


LaPorte County Complex - Meeting Room 2


809 State St, La Porte, IN 46350


Free - Lunch Provided


Estimating the population of homeless children is difficult because it is not always obvious when a child is homeless. These youth usually change residences and schools often, and many youth try to hide the fact that they are homeless. Yet there is some data available.

In 2016, the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) identified 19,173 homeless youth, which represents a steady increase since 2010. Nationally, the number of children younger than 18 that are unaccompanied by an adult increased 21 percent over the past three years. And about 52 percent of children in homeless shelters are younger than age 6, so they are not counted by the DOE, therefore increasing the overall number of homeless youth.

This presentation will provide attendees with a greater understanding of youth homelessness to help youth workers and communities better serve these young people. Attendees will learn about some of the specific problems facing homeless teens, what area work is being done to combat the issue and how the community can help in the process.

Speaker: John Shafer, Founder & Director – Chicago & Michiana Five for the Homeless, Inc.

Community Partners: LaPorte County Circuit Court, Safe Harbor

Connect: You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Please also feel free to stay after for additional networking time

*In the event that LaPorte School Corporation is closed due to weather, this event will take place on January 19.