Homeless Youth Handbook Launch: Washington, DC (October 23 at 5pm)

The following was sent to the network helpdesk by email. I have not looked into it deeply, but the US-based initiative looks to be very interesting. Perhaps it is replicable in other parts of the world? Unfortunately youth homelessness knows no national boundaries.

Let us know if you find it useful! I especially was curious about the variety of materials provided, both in hard copy and digitally via mobile phones and other devices.

Homeless Youth Handbook Launch: Washington, DC (October 23 at 5pm)

Please join us for the launch of the Homeless Youth Handbook-Washington, DC! Friends, Advocates and Champions for homeless children and youth!

Baker McKenzie, The Walt Disney Company and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty are proud to announce the launch of a new tool for children and youth who are experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC, " The Homeless Youth Handbook - Options for Safety and Stability. "

This resource is available thanks to an outstanding team, including volunteer attorneys and staff from The Walt Disney Company and Baker McKenzie, as well as the work of several expert lawyers connected to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

What is the Homeless Youth Handbook? The Handbook is a legal guide for homeless kids that is available on mobile phones, tablets, computers, and also available in hard copy in places youth may be. The Handbook is a collection of questions designed by youth that are answered in terms they can understand. The answers outline their rights, addressing 20 areas of substantive law and fundamental rights for youth living, working, or in some way dependent on the street. The guide will also assist children’s advocates and help them better understand homelessness issues and the way different legal rights may interact.

Where did the Handbook come from? Volunteer attorneys and other professionals researched and drafted questions and answers in each chapter based on questions that young people may have in times of crisis.

How did the Handbook come to be? The Walt Disney Company and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty are the newest partners in what has been a five-year pro bono effort by many corporations and public interest organizations working closely with Baker McKenzie to make this resource available in jurisdictions across the country.

Further Information

Want to get materials or posters announcing the Handbook or want to learn more but you cannot attend the launch? Visit the Handbook site at www.homelessyouth.org or send an email to homelessyouthhhandbooks@bakermckenzie.com.

For inquiries, please contact: Brendan Gilmartin


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Thanks for sharing very useful information