A young person reached out to YNN for help as they had only one week to find a new place to live, and had no short-term or long-term prospects. Between 31% and 46% of youth who have spent time in foster care experience homelessness by age 26 according to the American Journal of Public Health.
Their navigator Kim jumped into action by identifying local resources and contacting them together with the youth. In this way, the young person had support in making phone calls and completing applications, while developing the skills and confidence to navigate issues independently in the future. Then, Kim worked together with the youth to create a long-term action plan for housing stability. Additionally, Kim also contacted the county agency to assign a case manager for ongoing support.
YNN meets youth where they are to provide personalized, one-on-one support, connecting them with resources for various needs including food, shelter, health, housing, career, legal issues, education, and parenting support. In collaboration with community partners, YNN seeks to increase resources for youth with foster care experience with the goal of creating more equitable outcomes for them so that they can live up to their full potential.