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November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month!



November has been classified as the National homeless youth awareness month (NHYAM). This month, we take the time to acknowledge children, teens, and families facing homelessness at large and in our communities. We hope to build awareness surrounding homelessness. Such as its causes, possible solutions, and highlighting prevention. Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness in the United States. To put in perspective, this means  that approximately one in 10 adults ages 18 to 25, and one in 30 youth ages 13 to 17 will experience homelessness each year. These individuals are more likely to become victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked. The goal of NHYAM is to destigmatize youth homelessness and provide resources for those in such conditions. 


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Serenity Acuff
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First-year Orange & Green Staff member Serenity Acuff is a senior at Porterville High. Serenity has been a part of PHS’s Choir for all 4 years, including the Theatre program. Serenity is also the vice president of the Mental Health Club and a member of the S.P.A.R.E club here on campus.

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    Esther BellNov 7, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Do this program help people pay there rent. Light bill?

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      adviserNov 14, 2023 at 12:30 pm

      We aren’t sure about the specific services provided when it comes to assistance for that, but there are some programs in place. If you contact your electricity provider, you may be able to qualify for assistance. If you’d like more help finding information, visit Ms. Padilla in H-204. 🙂