November is Colorado Homeless and Runaway Youth awareness month.
According to the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, the overall number of homeless students in K-12 increased 50%, from 12,302 to 18,408 students in the past two years. In the past year, the number of unaccompanied homeless youth (homeless youth without a parent or guardian) in Colorado public schools increased 48% from 896 to 1,325 youth.
What can we do to help?
The Office of Homeless Youth Services has put together a website that can point you in the right direction.
An extensive list of resources for homeless youth across Colorado has been compiled by the Colorado Department of Human Services.
The “Help for Homeless Youth” section on the Colorado Virtual Library’s Tools for Tough Times Guide also has a list of non-profits and state agencies that provide services and assistance to homeless youth.