Youth Homelessness Resources

The Coalition for the Homeless has released a flyer describing the HUD funded services in Louisville to end youth homelessness. Help spread the word to young people and partners about these important new opportunities.

TAYLRD

TAYLRD provides services to youth (18-24) who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Case managers assist youth in developing a housing plan, which focuses on their unique housing needs. Case managers also assist youth in securing documents, benefits, &/or referrals to community resources that would further support youth in meeting their goals. Youth can also meet with TAYLRD’s onsite physical and mental health staff and find support through our life skills groups, laundry service, meals, hygiene products, Wi-Fi, and computers.

Drop-in hours MonFri 2pm-5pm or by appointment. 1020 E. Broadway. | LOUISVILLE, KY 40204 | CENTERSTONE.ORG Main Phone Line: 502-690-4399 or call Michele Isham at 502-639-0547

Family Scholar House

The mission of Family Scholar House is to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. Our YHDP project works with young adults aging out of the foster care system and provides comprehensive services and housing.

INFO@FAMILYSCHOLARHOUSE.ORG | 502-584-8090 FAMILYSCHOLARHOUSE.ORG

Home of the Innocents

Home of the Innocents’ Pathways HOME program provides services to young adults (ages 18-24) experiencing homelessness and their children. We provide direct housing assistance, case management, education and employment coaching, resources like our Dare to Care food bank, and Life Skills classes.

325 BAXTER AVE | LOUISVILLE, KY 40204 | 502-596-1320 HOMEOFTHEINNOCENTS.ORG

Kentucky Youth Career Center

  • Onsite GED program for ages 18 – 24
  • Links to employment opportunities
  • Occupational skills training
  • Workforce education
  • Internship Academy
  • College and employer tours
  • Career and education fairs
  • Workshops
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Food pantry
  • Opportunity Shop Computer Lab
  • Access to Legal Aid

612 S. 4TH ST. | LOUISVILLE, KY 40202 | 502-574-4115 WEAREKYCC.ORG

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Louisville will serve young adults (aged 18-24) and their children in 24 units of transitional housing. Referrals to this housing will be made by the Common Assessment team. For more information, you can call 502-584-2480 or visit our website at svdplou.org.

Our main office is located at 1015-C S. Preston Street, Louisville, KY 40203. 1015-C S. PRESTON ST. | LOUISVILLE, KY 40203 | 502-584-2480 SVDPLOU.ORG

YMCA Safe Place

YMCA Safe Place provides street-based and drop-in center support to young adults 18-24 experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. We offer support for youth by providing access to day-time shelter, hygiene items, showers, a meal, clothing, and laundry as well as support in goal setting, skill development, and accessing community resources through case management, life skills groups, and resource referrals.

Drop in Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

CHANNAH@YMCALOUISVILLE.ORG | 502-635-4402 YMCALOUISVILLE.ORG

YouthBuild Louisville

YouthBuild Louisville and their partners provide services to low-income, homeless young adults (ages 18-24) including information on LGBTQ-friendly supportive services, education, employment, mental/physical health services, transportation, food, clothing, identification and social security card attainment, and enrollment in insurance. We also provide housing navigation and vouchers, housing case management and life skills development.

INFO@YBLKY.ORG | 502-290-6121 YBLKY.ORG

Number and Rate of Disconnected Youth Increases in Louisville

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Measure of America’s latest report, More Than a Million Reasons for Hope: Youth Disconnection in America Today, updates disconnected youth estimates for the country as a whole, for states, counties, and metro areas, and by gender and race and ethnicity. The report finds that the youth disconnection rate declined in the United States for the sixth year in a row, reaching a low of 11.7 percent in 2016.

However, the disconnection rate in Louisville/Jefferson County has increased from 10.9% (15,200 young people) in 2015 to 13.4% (18,800 young people) in 2016. Disconnection rates vary by gender and race:
  • 13.4% of all youth/young adults are out of school and work
  • 13.9% of male youth/young adults are out of school and work
  • 12.8% of female youth/young adults are out of school and work
  • 27.7% of Black youth/young adults are out of school and work
  • 10.5% of White youth/young adults are out of school and work

Disconnected—or opportunity—youth are young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school. This report is the first in Measure of America’s disconnected youth series to compare American and European metro areas, or to examine disconnection by different group characteristics such as motherhood, marriage status, disability, English proficiency, citizenship, educational attainment, institutionalization, and household composition.

Other key findings include:

  • A chasm of nearly 20 percentage points separates the disconnection rates of racial and ethnic groups.
  • An alarmingly high share of disconnected black boys and young men—nearly a fifth—is institutionalized, compared to just 0.3 percent of the overall population in that age group.
  • Disconnected young people are about two-and-a-half times as likely to be living family other than parents, about twice as likely to be living with a roommate, and eight times as likely to be living alone.

To learn more about these and other findings, see the full report. The most recent data on disconnected youth can also be found in our interactive tool.

Louisville Metro Community Centers

Louisville Metro operates 18 community centers, each offering a variety of amenities. Check out the services and programs at each location:

Baxter
Beechmont
Berrytown (Home of Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation)
Camp Edwards
California
Cyril Allgeier
Douglass
Parkhill
Flaget Senior Center
Newburg
Shelby Park
Metro Arts Center
Molly Leonard Portland
Shawnee Arts & Cultural
Sun Valley
South Louisville
Southwick
Wilderness Road Senior Center

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Louisville Metro and dozens of community organizations and classrooms will be observing National Youth Violence Prevention WeekMarch 19th to March 23rd.

“The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence. This week long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer.”

Everyone is invited to participate in this week to take a city-wide stand against youth violence and to elevate the many solutions to this challenge. Three easy steps to get involved:

  1. Review the NYVPW-ActionKit   and select from any of the suggested activities, develop your own activity during the week, or if you already have something going on that week, lift it up and connect it with #NYVPW, #LouYVPW.
  2. Use (and help get trending) the hashtag’s #LouYVPW and #NYVPW during that week for social media posts.
  3. Metro United Way has graciously agreed to host an on-line portal where everyone can also list their activities for #NYVPW. Use and share this link www.metrounitedway.org/report so that anyone who is participating can have their activity captured.

This is an exciting opportunity to lift up Louisville and to take a stand against violence.  For more information or support to participate during the week of March 19, contact the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.

Drop in Services: Youth Engagement and Support (YES)

The Youth Engagement and Support (YES) project is a collaboration of the University of Kentucky and the YMCA Safe Place Services. The project’s goal is to increase the number of critical life skills young adults in Louisville possess to become more self-sufficient. We are primarily focusing on young adults 18-24 who are or have been homeless, unstably housed, or involved in the foster care and DJJ system.

We will offer hour long life skill classes:

Tuesday 4:00p-5:00p
Wednesday 11:00a-12:00p and 4:00p-5:00p
Thursday 11:00a-12:00p

Classes are organized in courses but can be taken as individual topics. Courses and topics include but are not limited to:

Workplace Readiness: Getting the Job
• Meaningful Employment
• Networking and Job Searches
• Resumes and Applications
• The Interview
• Getting Hired

Workplace Success: Keeping the Job
• Strengths, Stress, and Self Care
• Professionalism and Work Ethic
• Team Work
• Conflict Management
• Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Communication 101
• Listening and Body Language
• Speaking and Making a Request
• Conflict Resolution
• Managing Your Emotions

Adulting
• Budgeting
• Banking
• Bills
• Taxes
• Understanding Your Credit
• Web of Support
• Time Management
• Voting & Politics
• Responsibility isn’t a dirty word
• Organization and Cleaning

Classes will be held in the Youth Development Center at 2400 Crittenden Drive. The Center will open one hour before class. Showers and laundry room will be open at this time. Meals will be provided except for Wednesday evening.

We are located on TARC lines 2, 18, and 29.

For more information or a monthly schedule please contact Corbin Hannah at 502.635.4402 or find us on Facebook @lville.adulting or Safe Place Youth Development.

Boys Haven Equine Program

 

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At Boys and Girls Haven the barn is not only a place for animals but a learning and living classroom. Foster  youth and young adults (ages 16-24) can learn career readiness skills and practice vocational skills in a safe and secure setting. The Equine Vocational Training Program uses the horses and facility to help develop vocational training for abused and neglected youth and young adults who are disconnected in the community. The program utilizes horses, other animals, and barn management as a tool for helping youth develop vocational skills.  The Junior Achievement Curriculum, Personal Success is used to prepare students to be college and career ready. The program integrates the curriculum from JA to insure coverage of all skills needed to be successful in finding employment and keeping employment.  Life skills that are needed to gain and maintain employment are also focused on throughout the program. Equine assisted learning is used to help integrate skills they learn in the classroom and applies them to real life and work situations. Our goal is to help foster youth and disconnected and homeless young adults gain the skills and self-confidence to succeed in the workplace and in life. A CDBG and EAF grant with the City of Louisville makes it possible for us to provide this very needed service in our community. For more information, contact Jeannette Stratton at jstratton@boyshaven.org or 502-458-1171 extension 113.

Youth Voice Report

Throughout 2017, the Coalition Supporting Young Adults has conducted research on the needs and goals of Louisville’s disconnected youth and young adults, as they describe them. More than 200 young people shared their stories, hopes and challenges in discussion groups, surveys and interviews. On Jan 8, 2018, CSYA will host a community conversation about the study’s results and the collective actions we can take to support them. We hope you’ll join us. Learn more…

 

 

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