More than 100 friends, community members and partners turned out Nov. 8 for a walk & rally for National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
Councilmember Chris Ward, Supervisor Ron Roberts’ chief of staff, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and a Sen. Toni Atkins’ staff member also presented proclamations recognizing the month and the importance of solving these issues.
San Diego is home to more than 1,100 homeless youth and this number is likely a vast undercount.
San Diego Youth Services teamed up with The Junior League of San Diego, South Bay Community Services, Home Start, Inc., The SOULcial Workers, North County Lifeline and California Coalition for Youth to host the event and raise awareness of these critical issues.
The walk started at the Junior League and ended at TAY Academy, a San Diego Youth Services program that combines a drop-in center with structured learning and recreational opportunities for transition age youth (ages 16-24), including foster youth, former foster youth, out-of-home probation youth and homeless/runaway youth. The largest number of the increase in unsheltered youth during the last year was in transition age youth.