youth at risk

What to do if you suddenly find yourself homeless

FOOD

  • Find your nearest food bank or mission, for food
  • grocery stores with free samples, bakeries + stores with day-old bread
  • different fast food outlets have cheaper food and will generally let you hang out for a while.
  • some dollar stores carry food like cans of beans or fruit


SHELTER

  • Sleeping at beaches during the day is a good way to avoid suspicion and harassment
  • sleep with your bag strapped to you, so someone can’t steal it
  • Some churches offer short term residence
  • Find your nearest homeless shelter
  • Look for places that are open to the public
  • A large dumpster near a wall can often be moved so that flipping up the lids creates an angled shelter to stay dry


HYGIENE

  • A membership to the YMCA is usually only 10$, which has a shower, and sometimes laundry machines and lockers.
  • Public libraries have bathrooms you can use
  • Dollar stores carry low-end soaps and deodorant etc.
  • Wet wipes are all purpose and a life saver
  • Local beaches, go for a quick swim
  • Some truck stops have showers you can pay for
  • Staying clean is the best way to prevent disease, and potentially get a job to get back on your feet
  • Pack 7 pairs of socks/undies, 2 outfits, and one hooded rain jacket


OTHER

  • first aid kit
  •  sunscreen
  •  a travel alarm clock or watch
  •  mylar emergency blanket
  •  a backpack is a must
  •  downgrade your cellphone to a pay as you go with top-up cards
  •  sleeping bag
  •  travel kit of toothbrush, hair brush/comb, mirror
  •  swiss army knife
  •  can opener

As part of his reparations to Midgard, Loki is to perform community service. You run a chronically underfunded and understaffed community center for at-risk youth in a poor neighborhood in New York. The last thing you need is some arrogant god from another planet who’s only here because SHIELD told him he has to be. Even if he is in civilian clothes, since a lot of these kids recognize him from the news footage of the Battle of New York, and they’d be even more hostile to him if he were in Asgardian formal dress.

Modern AU with nothing special going on, no aliens, no magic space lions, nada.

Shiro works as a social worker and helps out at a private institution for orphans that aren’t good fits for regular foster homes. Keith is a kid whose parents died when he was young and he was sent to his next of kin. Spoiler: They’re awful. They get a call from a concerned neighbor and it turns out Keith had been severely neglected to the point where he’s mostly nonverbal, and Shiro’s workplace takes custody of him.

Shiro was the first one on the scene and he was the one who coaxed Keith out of the house, he made sure to speak softly and tell him that he was safe and, when he figured out that Keith couldn’t or wouldn’t speak, made sure to ask yes or no questions that he could nod or shake his head to. Because he didn’t even have a change of clothes, Shiro gave Keith his jacket and let him keep it and now Keith just latches onto him instantly.

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Samwell 99

A Holsom Brooklyn 99 AU

  • Ok it should be abundantly apparent that Holsom means our favorite lovable puppy-dog eye Jewish boy Adam Birkholtz is Jake Peralta. He’s brash, he’s messy, but he’s a damn fine detective and he knows it/makes sure no one forgets it.
  • Cue his equally brilliant rival/colleague Justin Oluransi who’s by the book, anxiety ridden, has so many spreadsheets and folders for everything under the sun yet he retains an insane amount of knowledge.  
  • We’ll get back to their totally amazing chemistry in a moment  

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show-me-joy  asked:

Please give me something about neil making andrew smile

It happened so rarely. Neil never knew how to predict it. At the beginning he could never tell the difference. A smile from Andrew was normally so shocking and so short lived Neil thst if Neil got one he was too floored to properly memorize them.

But that was so long ago.

Now everything about Andrew was familiar; more familiar than an exy racket, than running, than any other person. Andrew had been in his life longer than anything else.

They had retired years ago. People had expected Neil to coach, and he did for a couple years. But more and more he he grew to realize the court was no longer his home. His home was Andrew.

Neil grew to resent away games and practices. He wanted lazy weekends and afternoons. He wanted time visit their family and friends. He wanted to experience every moment of growing old with Andrew. He had missed too much in his life to miss a moment now that he had everything.

So he joined Andrew and worked with at risk youth. They volunteered at the youth center and pulled a lot of kids back from the edge, not all. But enough that Neil could no longer remember all of their names. Andrew remembered every one.

Andrew’s smiles began to be more frequent, and Neil began to recognize them. There was one that was wide with all his teeth that he saved for small kids. One that just barely turned the corners with his head tilted to the side when one of the kids did something right.

For friends their was a half smile, no teeth, but their teammates knew they had done something incredible when it appeared. Their coach had long since given up on seeing it, so when Andrew graced him with one on the day he signed Neil on the team the coach dropped the contract. On live tv. And said “holy shit.” They had to break to commercial, because Neil had been laughing too hard to sign.

For family he had a flat smile that showed just the top row of his teeth. It was sometimes paired with a laugh when our nieces and nephews did something particularly smart and sassy. The smile was paired with an honest to God belly laugh the time Kevin’s daughter took his laptop and chunked it in the pool after trying to play a history documentary on Christmas.

But Neil’s favorite smiles are the ones saved solely for him. The smirk with the head tilt when he insulted the press. The toothy grin with dimples when Neil did all the right things (ice cream for dinner, home before 5, wearing a matching outfit, and remembering to charge his phone). The lips pressed together repressed smile when Neil called him ‘Drew.

But the best smile of all came when they were laying together sticky and sated. Naked and warm pressed close. Neil tucked against Andrew’s shoulder. Then he got the softest smile imaginable, curled on the edges, pupils still dilated, and breath still panting between barely parted lips.

Neil knew his luck had kicked in at last when Andrew smiled.

@foxhle-court my first answer! Send me prompts guys 😄

To my queer friends struggling with a big decision today, share your truth at the *right* time, not just because there’s a national day for it. Be smart- you’re already honest and brave.

For those who are happily out and about, today’s a good excuse for a shindig!

(Here’s a handy infographic in case you’d forgotten how to laugh ;)

After the van got broken into and ransacked for a second time, it wasn’t something that would get me down. I’ve learned that any experience is an opportunity for growth, for change. I decided to give profits from this week’s print sales (andrewknapp.com/prints) to a charity.

I’ve never researched charities as much as I have this past week. I feel like I’ve only brushed the surface of this world of giving.

Websites like GiveWell and movements like effective altruism help define the many variables in putting your dollars and energy to best use (I recommend giving Peter Singer’s TED talk a watch). Charity, more broadly, is something I think can happen in more ways than giving money or time. It could simply be our outlook or our kindness towards strangers.

We’ll be donating to Take a Hike Foundation (@takeahikefdn), a local organization. “A full-time alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement.” Having spoken with them, their mandate matches up so well with my hopes of giving positive and nurturing experiences to at-risk youth locally. They currently run 4 classes a year and are looking at expanding. I’m looking forward to working with them, and hoping for the possibility of getting involved personally.

There are so many amazing charities you shared with me, @pureedgeinc, @thekitchenincmo, @_danslarue, @friendsofkohrong, @directionsfoodprogram, Sparkes of Hope, and so many more. It’s refreshing to learn how many people are working for fairness, for equality, for justice. Your selflessness and altruism inspire me. Despite overbearingly bad decisions by some of our leaders, there’s always hope in the power of numbers.

CHICAGO <3

Hey guys,

Today’s show is in Chicago, Illinois which is home to both the first openly-LGBTQ advocacy group in the United States and to Boystown, the first officially recognized gay village in the U.S. Boystown is now known for its nightlife and colorful atmosphere.

In Chicago we’ll be working with Project Fierce, an incredible organization that aims to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing accessible housing and support services.
At a time when LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for depression, bullying, and violence, than their peers, organizations like Project Fierce are a necessary resource for teens that don’t feel safe. About 40% of homeless American teens identify as LGBTQ and Project Fierce can provide them with a safe and comfortable environment.

Want a ticket upgrade? We’re taking donations of basic necessities that are often taken for granted. We are asking that you bring a new stick of deodorant to donate at the show. Bring at least one to be entered in a raffle for a ticket upgrade.

Love Troye x

I call these dog holes. You can put your dog in them and for some reason it’s cute.
Today is the last day to grab a print from my shop (andrewknapp.com/prints)! Thanks so much for the support, last week’s donations raised a whole bunch for Take a Hike Youth At Risk Foundation (exact amount coming soon) and the rest is going towards helping me travel down this coast in the coming weeks (with 10% of those profits going toward NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)).

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LeBron James to open public school for at-risk kids
LeBron James is teaming up with Akron public schools to open the "I Promise School" dedicated to aiding at-risk children who might otherwise be left behind.

Lebron James is known to make an impact on the basketball court, but that’s not the only thing that’s got people talking.

It’s the recent announcement that the Cleveland Cavaliers star would be opening a public school in Akron, Ohio, his hometown, for at-risk youth, that’s been creating a buzz.

The “I Promise School,” which is set to open in fall 2018, will receive funding from the Lebron James Family Foundation. Before expanding for children in grades first to eighth, it will begin with third and fourth graders.

“This school is so important to me because our vision is to create a place for the kids in Akron who need it most – those that could fall through the cracks if we don’t do something,” says James.

James could have been one of those kids, but he was given the opportunity and support to strive for better, putting him in the position he is in today. This is why he’s been so dedicated to helping the youth, especially those in Akron.

It’s always great to see NBA stars, like James, giving back to the community in any way they can.

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Polls start opening in under 12 hours but felony convictions disenfranchise more than 5 million people, including 7% of the African-American community. A major contributor to the problem is the school-to-prison pipeline: A system of flawed policies that send at-risk youth—especially people of color—directly into the criminal justice system.

Mic’s The Movement (@the-movemnt​) did an Issue Time on the subject. It’s well worth your time, and it’ll give you plenty to chew on when you ✧・゚*go and vote tomorrow*・゚✧


Art by Tumblr Creatr @jxiaoo

noamaas: Can you please tell why it’s a toxic show? I saw it and definetely thought some things were wrong with it but that was it for me. The people who were against it often experienced this irl, so I think it’s because I am not well informed. (not trying to defend the show, just trying to understand it)

thank you for being so kind and open minded! i really appreciate the way you asked this question, so again, thank you! 

i’ve read the book.  i read it when it first came out and loved it. at the time, i was being bullied for my looks and weight and just overall personality. the idea that you could get revenge on the people who hurt you drew me in immediately. i loved it. i loved hannah baker. i wanted to be hannah baker. and there is the problem. i was young and desperate for someone to see all the pain i was going through. and hannah was the same. well, until she killed herself. bingo. you want revenge on those who bullied you? kill yourself. you want them to be in as much pain as you were in? kill yourself. it seemed so simple. so easy. i didn’t think of committing suicide, but i promised myself that if i did, i would do it just like hannah.

the show immortalizes a dead girl, giving already suicidal teens the idea that it wouldn’t really be the end, that they would somehow live on. and that’s so dangerous. also, the people who hurt her.. didn’t deserve those tapes. for the rest of their lives they will have her in the back of their minds, hating themselves for killing hannah baker. and they say this in the show all the time! “i killed hannah baker.”  “you could have done something.” no. this girl needed help. professional help. when you’re determined to end your life, no one can stop you. and of course actions committed against her led her to these thoughts, but in the end, her life was in her hands.

the show reached out to programs and advice on how to handle the situation, and those they consulted have spoken out and said that the show did everything they told them NOT to do.

and worst of all, there are kids already mimicking her behavior. a superintendent from palm beach county recently sent out a letter to parents. this is a portion of the letter:

“As a father of a teenager and tween, I am very concerned about a dangerous trend we have observed in our schools in recent days. School District personnel have observed an increase in youth at-risk behavior at the elementary and middle school levels to include self-mutilation, threats of suicide, and multiple Baker Act incidents. Students involved in the recent incidents have articulated associations of their at­ risk behavior to the “13 Reasons Why” Netflix series””

so as you can see, there are many reasons. these are just a few. i hope i helped clear up everything!

AHHH GUYS!!!!!

I know I’ve been in a terrible mood the last few days but like, I JUST GOT A PSYCH RESEARCH POSITION FOR THIS SUMMER. Your girl is on her way to getting her PhD in psychology and is going to save the world from the minefield that is mental illness.

The research is on enhancing residential care settings for at risk youth and the ultimate goal is to learn about the theoretical and epistemological foundations of social science research methods and while I’m not fully qualified for the position, I can definitely learn on the job and God knows it’ll be a great distraction from everything that I’m going through right now.

If you’ve never personally experienced an at-risk youth camp, imagine Taken if Liam Neeson was the kidnapper.

6 Shocking Realities of the Secret “Troubled Teen Industry”

#6. Your Parents Can Hire People to Take You Away

One night in August 2004, I awoke to a man and a woman in my room whom I had never seen before telling me that they were “escorts” and we were going to a place called “wilderness.” I was not allowed to bring any belongings or tell anyone where I was going. I didn’t know what “escorts” and “wilderness” were, and I was terrified. … The escorts drove me to an airport where the three of us got on a plane to Boise, Idaho. I didn’t try to run, and running wouldn’t have done me much good: Kids who resist have been pepper-sprayed and hog-tied.

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Time out: Removal from reinforcement that gives a child a chance to calm down. It is not a punishment.

 1. The regular environment (time in) must be positive and reinforcing… this means that being put on time out actually removes the child from an engaging and warm interaction or situation. 

2. Time out is implemented immediately after misbehavior, or after only a single verbal warning… this means that you need to put the child in time-out as soon as they disregard a request, or act inappropriately for the situation.  

3. All disciplinarians (parents/caretakers) must be consistent in time out structure… it does not good to have one parent follow the timeout structure, and another caretaker ignore it. children thrive with consistency.

4. No stimuli, reinforcement, or activity should be available at the time out location, and timeout typically lasts a minute for every year the child is old... dont send the kid to their room. put them in a specific area where they dont have books, or their phone/tablet, TV, video games, friends, the dog, whatever. they need to focus on self-soothing and processing the situation in a developmentally appropriate way. a 2 yr old should be on timeout for about 2 minutes, ( i usually tell little kids that they are on timeout until they are done crying, as that seems to give them more control over their own emotional coping and is more developmentally appropriate, as time is arbitrary at that age) and a 10 yr old can manage 10 minutes. while you would hope that a 15 year old should be able to figure their life out; but if they cant, stick the kid on timeout for 15 minutes and process with them.

5. Timeout is enforced, and child is returned to timeout if they escape or leave without permission… they dont get to get return until they process. the caretaker is in charge, not the child. also, if the caretaker puts the kid on timeout longer than is developmentally appropriate, the child has the right to call attention to that fact. The time is VITAL. if the kid isnt ready to process at the end of the time, it is ok to start the time again. 

6. Timeout ends when the child is calm and the adult determines release after processing the situation with the child. caretaker and child discuss the misbehavior and how the timeout could have been avoided through appropriate behavior. the child commits to act appropriate and as a team, caretaker and child determine a consequence if the misbehavior occurs again. I also believe that this is a great time to give your kid a hug and let them know that you really care about them and your relationship.

7. Follow through and compliance of original command after timeout has ended. child does the required action, (maybe chores, or apologizes to others, or whatever) and the situation is moved past. I believe that it is a perfect time to figure out if the required command needs some assistance (maybe the chore was too overwhelming and a parent can assist with showing the child how to complete it, or provide step by step instructions)

anecdotally, ive found it helpful for a caretaker to place themselves on timeout when they get overwhelmed with the kids… tell the kids that “mom/dad/whoever” needs to take a timeout. once you catch your breath, call the kiddos over and let them know why you were needing a timeout, and what they can do to help keep things smooth for the rest of the day. if you do this, all of a sudden timeout is a powerful tool that can be modeled for every age and enhances everyone coping and communication.

adapted from chapter 14 (family interventions) of McWhirter, J.J., McWhirter, B.T., McWhirter, E.H., & McWhirter, A. C. (2017). At-risk youth: A comprehensive response (6th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. Cengage Learning. ISBN: 978-1-305-67038-9.