Friends of Youth Outreach is working to establish an access center for Hawaii's street youth (18-24 year olds) to provide shelter, food, medical care, education and employment assistance and counseling. 18-24 year olds are one of the fastest growing homeless populations and require unique housing and services; they are still developing as young adults and need support.
Hawaii lacks facilities that meet the specific and unique needs of homeless youth. Helping to combat youth homelessness will help prevent them becoming homeless adults and assist with Hawaii's chronic homeless problem.
FOYO needs funding to establish a licensed access center to house, feed, provide medical care, education and employment assistance and counseling to enable our Street-youth to become self-reliant adults.
On Saturday, FOYO will be holding their second annual fundraiser at the Stan Sherriff Center. Donations can be made at www.friendsofyouthoutreach.org
Homeless youth are unique from other homeless populations in that they are physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially still developing; often enter into homelessness with little or no work experience; are often forced to drop out of school as a result of their homelessness; experience high levels of criminal victimization, including sexual exploitation and labor trafficking; and often enter into homelessness without life skills, such as cooking, money management, and job searching. Because of these factors, these youth require a safety net and system of care that is distinct from homeless adults.
Currently, Friends of Youth Outreach helps support the Youth Outreach Home, run by Hale Kipa and Waikiki Health, which is a drop-in center in Waikiki for youth to access medical services, warm showers, lockers, laundry, clothes, toiletries, and other social services. However, this outreach home is only open four days a week for three hours a day. Friends of Youth Outreach seeks to create an overnight shelter for youth to successfully transition to adulthood.