Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods sheds light on homeless youth
HUMBOLDT COUNTY- It’s National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods is shedding light on homelessness in our area.
At its three locations in Humboldt County, 10% of the teens and children who are coming in daily are affected by homelessness. The Boys & Girls Club has mentoring programs for these youth who are most at risk, giving them extra support with staff and volunteers. The organization has applied for three different grants totaling 120,000 dollars to strengthen these programs. One is from St. Joseph’s Health and the others are federal grants through the Office of Justice Programming.
"Something that can happen with homeless youth, especially those who are living on their own, on the streets is they’re certainly more susceptible to be affected by trauma, depression, trafficking. There’s a whole host of issues, that they've got that they are dealing with. So, again for staff to be better trained, for us to have resources, where we could be providing more mentors and more resource and referral for those youth who are affected," said Liz Smith, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods.
If you are interested in learning more about the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods you can visit their website: bgcredwoods.org