youth in poverty

What to do if you suddenly find yourself homeless


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

hynpos myth event (  ᵈᵃʸ ᵉᶦᵍʰᵗ /  favourite chinese group )

Ba Xian, or The Eight Immortals, are deified individuals from the taoist pantheon. They represent eight different conditions of life: youth, old age, poverty, wealth, the populace, nobility, the masculine, and the feminine.

you blew it
a (somewhat progressive) todd brotzman playlist [ listen here ]

wake up call - nothing but thieves |  youth & poverty - funeral party | tattoo of the king - slow club | brave as a noun - andrew jackson jihad | dance little liar - arctic monkeys | lousy connection - ezra furman | how to explain - the cat empire |  the streets - avalanche city | rising, rising - crywolf | the cave - mumford & sons

Ways to Help the Homeless

(besides giving them change & hoping they “don’t go buy drugs”)

Save your leftovers from a restaurant, they’re just going to throw it out anyways

Give them a bottle of clean water

Donate that can of beans your mom always makes you eat that you hate to your local food bank

Give them big brimmed hats or sunscreen or even one of those plastic water spritzers in the summer time

Old jackets, gloves or clean warm socks in the winter time

If you are comfortable with it, buy them a coffee or a fast food burger and bring it to them

Donate those conditioner packets from your home hair dye kits, or hotel soaps that you pilfered to your nearest shelter

Various hair and makeup supplies, as well as packs of pads, tampons and other feminine hygiene to your nearest women’s shelter

Remind me to make a long ass post on how we need better resources for older trans women because this idea that only trans youth face desperate poverty and abuse is totally untrue and working for Trans Lifeline has really hammered that fact home for me

The Super Secret Millenial Agenda

We need therapy because our childhoods were traumatic and, unlikr our parents, we’re not in denial about it, we’re in ptsd

We are going to die because of global warming someone help

We wish we could afford rent and school without having four jobs

WHY IS THE WIFI SO FUCKING SLOW DAMMIT why is there no free universal highspeed wifi everywhere yet the Internet is where we get therapy and meet empathic people and socialize with less anxiety why is the wifi so fucking *slow*

We feel so small and weak becausr we are scorned, mocked, humiliated and made to feel like failures for being unable to succeed in a society rigged against us

We need therapy

And last but certainly not least: we wish we could afford the same standard of living as our parents could at our age. We are so so poor, and we are called selfish for wanting what the previous two generations had: jobs with living wages.

^ The real millenial agenda

Has next to nothing to do with politics and everything to do with *survival* and being treated with basic human decency

I know because I read tumblr and pinterest and that is 80% millenial bitching

Oh and I forgot:

We wish school wasn’t such an abusive and traumatic environment a third of us are on anxiety or depression meds, a third of us need anxiety and depression meds and the last third dropped out and ran away.

He dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her. Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing, and that was how in the ripeness of autumn she began to believe once more in the youthful superstition that poverty was the servitude of love. Both looked back then on the wild revelry, the gaudy wealth, and the unbridled fornication as an annoyance and they lamented that it had cost them so much of their lives to find the paradise of shared solitude. Madly in love after so many years of sterile complicity, they enjoyed the miracle of living each other as much at the table as in bed, and they grew to be so happy that even when they were two worn-out people they kept on blooming like little children and playing together like dogs.
—  Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

bananayucca  asked:

What kind of volunteer work do you usually do?

It depends a lot on what I feel capable of doing - in the past I’ve been a LOT more active in terms of volunteer work and activism/advocacy (both volunteer and “professional”-level activism/advocacy). Most of what I do is based within and around specific physical communities and community spaces.

ANYWAY in the past I have done a lot of support stuff for Indigenous groups/orgs - sometimes there’s policies that make it harder for certain orgs etc to advocate for their own funding, resources, and so on, so there’s a real need for other orgs and sometimes individuals to take direction from those groups in order to help protect their interests, services, communities… when I was a student I was also pretty active in movements for more accessible education. Back in Vancouver I worked with youth anti-poverty community orgs/activists doing stuff like skills training for “””at-risk youth”””, helping maintain community spaces, etc. I’ve also done peer counseling and crisis intervention as a volunteer (and coordinated those things in a professional capacity). As a volunteer and a paid coordinator I’ve organized specific advocacy campaigns and events, and done funding application stuff for a few different groups.

Right now there’s one org that I do most of my volunteer stuff with, and most of what I do is educational in nature. I know I’ve mentioned the org in the past and talked about specific things I do there, but I sometimes am hesitant to talk about everything the org does or the particulars of how my volunteer engagement there works because the member base for the org is people living with HIV/AIDS and also specific populations who are considered to be “at risk” for getting HIV (sex workers, intravenous drug users, LGBT people - there are specific programs for LGBT youth, adults, and elders… you get the idea) and I don’t want to risk giving any information that might, I dunno, step on toes. I feel comfortable saying that I do odd stuff here and there for them as I can and I also do regular weekly shifts on a youth hotline that they run. 

(I also still occasionally volunteer graphic design and illustration stuff for local orgs that need help promoting services etc, although I don’t tend to, uh, talk about that as much since like… I mean, I’m happy to DO it, but sometimes companies that can pay for those services assume that you’ll do them for free if they learn that you’ve done them for free to help out a good cause, and then it’s like, you have to explain to some for-profit company that the reason you won’t do their pamphlet design or provide illustrations for the website free of charge is because they are frankly just not as important to you as a community org that’s trying to publish information on environmental racism or whatever.)

what scares me is how we’ve developed new ways as a society to disempower queer people and make them nonthreatening while acting like we support them

the ass-backwards progressiveness of portraying gay people on tv as white, affluent suburbanites when 40% of homeless youth are queer and poverty rates are exponentially greater for queer people (particularly queer poc) who can also be fired in 29 states

portraying queer people as carefree and “sexually liberated”, equating our entire lives and identities to who we sleep with (no to mention excluding asexuals and aromantics)

making our pride parades into big, loud, corporate-sponsored circuses where all the complex issues that plague our communities are boiled down to rainbows and marriage equality so straight, cis people don’t need to question themselves or how they contribute to our suffering

“I can’t be homophobic, I support gay marriage!” (and so on and so forth in a million different iterations)

giant corporations exploiting our symbols and struggles to win brownie points with peak liberal americans (apparently monsanto is a great lgbt-friendly workplace, go figure) selling t-shirts with rainbows on them and profiting off of people’s inabilities to separate obvious pr from sincerity

queer people are dying and starving every day from this bullshit and you think the sassy gay friend on your favorite show or your rainbow face paint is gonna solve any of this? 

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.
—  Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition
Poverty, despair breed new generation of Philippine rebels
The rebellion “will not disappear because of the fundamental needs of the people. The problems have persisted, and that’s the platform of the rebellion.”

SIERRA MADRE MOUNTAINS, Philippines — In the late-night hours and amid the chirp of crickets, Katryn welcomed a huddle of exhausted Filipino journalists in cheerful spirits like she was home. “Coffee?” she asked with a comforting smile.

Comrade Katryn is her nom de guerre, however, and for her, home is a rebel encampment concealed in the rain-soaked wilderness of the Philippines’ Sierra Madre Mountains. The 24-year-old walked away from her family two years ago to join one of the world’s longest-raging Marxist rebellions.

Mostly in their 20s and 30s, a few dozen New People’s Army guerrillas lugged M16 rifles and grenade launchers on a plateau where red hammer-and-sickle flags adorned a makeshift hall. Most wore mud-stained boots while cooking over wood fires or guarding the peripheries of the encampment, just 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the nearest army camp.

They’re part of a new generation of Maoist fighters who reflect the resiliency and constraints of an insurgency that has dragged on for nearly half a century through six Philippine presidencies while Cold War-era communist insurgencies across much of the world have faded into memory. They are driven by some of the same things as their predecessors, including crushing poverty, despair, government misrule and the abysmal inequality that has long plagued Philippine society.

“The New People’s Army has no other recruiter but the state itself,” a young rebel, Comrade May, told The Associated Press.


The Education of Girls: A Global Effort

On July 23, 2014, the world stood together to recognize the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls still missing 100 days after their kidnapping by Boko Haram. Across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, candlelight vigils were attended by individuals, religious groups, and organizations, all imploring the safe return of the Chibok schoolgirls. By making the commitment to stand together, the participating countries demonstrated that this tragedy is about more than just these girls. The global vigil highlighted the importance of primary education, reproductive health, food security, and human rights for girls and women across the globe.

Read the full blog by Pulitzer Center grantees Amelia Warshaw and Jennifer Koons, featuring photos and details about projects done by our other grantees and staff members on the topic of education of girls around the world. 

Click on the photos to read the captions for more details. 

In the 1940s the federal government built a housing development in Detroit, due to 200,000 Black residents being faced with a housing crisis, living in poor, unsanitary conditions. In 1942, African Americans were set to move into the Sojourner Truth Homes, but were faced with opposition. 

A mob of 1,200 angry protesters showed up to the community with bricks, clubs, weapons and blocked entrances. Eventually, 168 black families moved into the development. This is a photo of 14 year old boy being carried away by police during the event as his sister protests.



Half of this school’s students are homeless, 82% go to college

A school is working with some of the most economically disadvantaged students in New York City and sending them off to colleges at an astounding rate. Broome Street Academy, a charter high school that opened in 2011, has a student population of over 77% that fall under the category of economically disadvantaged. In 2015, 82% of the school’s first graduating students enrolled into college. How? “It’s about breaking the cycle.

Are we not going to talk about how disarmingly sad Stan’s life must have been? He’s been kicked out of his parents’ house, forced to try anything to win money, actually lived his youth years in poverty and running from the law, and when he accidentally kicked his brother out of this dimension he had to basically kill his identity just to spend the rest of his days trying to bring Ford back, who didn’t even say a “thank you”. And when he wanted someone to love, he’s been dumped, rejected and has actually divorced once. His life’s been one of loneliness, remorse, misery, and constantly chasing something that would affirm his worth. In this episode, one of his probably last attempts to find a soulmate almost ended with him being killed and turned into an exposition mummy by a spider lady. He has his flaws, he is not really a role model, but he always knew how to have fun; however, beyond that, he is wounded and empty, and had to face failure and pain more than he deserved. Maybe his only true joy since the Mystery Shack founding was spending time with Mabel and Dipper. And he is their hero. I want Stan to live a beautiful life and finally find happiness and comfort, because he needs it more than anyone in this town. Only time will tell if his efforts and struggling payed off, but he deserves so, so much to be happy.

Tristan’s tips to eating when money’s tight as a student

the trick is to eat at a pretty place. even if it’s crap, take it somewhere: at the park, with the wet grass prickling your skin, atop a moving cargo train, with the wind against your face. take it to the roof. eat it in a backyard. take that food under  the sun. take it where you’ll forget about your crumbling stomach.

potatoes. mashed potatoes, diced and baked. cut potatoes and put them in your soup. hash browns during breakfast, or chunks with spices and eggs. fries for lunch with cheese. eggs on everything.

eat your rice with milk, sugar and cinnamon. never spend more than four euros for ground beef. have them grind it at the counter, with their gloves on. put small amounts of meat in your meal to make it a feast. throw everything in rice.

you taste your youth and poverty through the viscuous water mingled with ash and dust, the bosomy earth callousing your tongue like liquor. dilute the dirt with ice tea and bread and soak yourself into the cold vigour of the past.

when you come back home tired, boil up a big plate of pasta. do your damnedest to excel. mix your pasta with canned tomato sauce and cheese, and go to a pretty place to eat and cry. remember how you lived and how easy it was, with your chin held high while staring at anything. remember your meal.

and remember who you are when you eat it.