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We’re continually updating this page with resources and information on organizations that address economic inequality and lift families and teens out of poverty. If you have a suggestion of a link, resource or other information that should be posted here for the benefit of youth and families, please contact us.
How can we expect any student or young person to succeed in school, if they don’t have a place to live? Homelessness is at the top of the list of stressers that prevent young people from excelling in school. Further, the homeless are some of the most marginalized people in society, shunned from most public places and often treated with disdain. How can we help those facing these challenges overcome them and find a safe space to restart their lives? Below are videos, links and resources on homelessness in Colorado.
Suggested Videos on Homelessness
After moving in with his uncle, Tony suddenly finds himself homeless when the uncle is evicted. This video shares Tony’s story on what it’s like to be homeless, and to find help at a shelter.
Watch this inspiring story about high school students in Portland, Oregon, who not only cook food for the homeless each week, but they also sit, eat and connect with them as well.
School District Contacts for Homeless Students
Find more information here, including contact information, on how each Colorado school district supports homeless students and families.
Organizations Fighting Homelessness in Colorado
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless works collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado.
Denver Homeless Out Loud was born in 2012 as a reaction to Denver’s “urban camping ban.” The group works to both amplify the voice and defend the rights of people experiencing homelessness, and is made up of people who have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness.
Pueblo Rescue Mission, based in Pueblo, provides comprehensive human services that seek to help individuals experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction onto a pathway to recover.
Urban Peak operates in Denver and Colorado Springs, and provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
YCD Workshops on Economic Inequality
Below is a sampling of workshops YCD has offered at prior conferences and events around the issues of economic inequality. Click on any workshop title to read more about the session, the presenter, and reviews from our participants.
If you were to go homeless, how would you survive? What would you include in your backpack? What would you keep and what would you need to leave behind? Where would you eat and how can you make sure you get nutritional balance? How would you make friends?
We will teach participants what is involved in homelessness for a deeper understanding of this marginalized and misunderstood population.
For the last 23 years Joe has consistently received excellent ratings from those who attended this workshop. Here are some reactions: “Freaking awesome!” “What an eye-opening experience” “Turned my life around” You will hear a brutally honest presentation about racism, stereotypes, bullying, leadership, political correctness, family, education, beliefs and more. Recommended for those who truly celebrate diversity.
Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization that provides full services for youth ages 15-24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. After an overview of homelessness in Colorado, a panel of young people currently experiencing homelessness will share their personal stories about the barriers, struggles, and victories they encounter on a daily basis. They will also provide suggestions on what you can do to assist teens who may find themselves in similar situations.