Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

The Billy Israel Project

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Susie Tibbitts

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Homelessness amongst youth is a serious and rapidly growing issue in the United States. Sources estimate that over 550,000 youth in America experience are homeless for more than at least one week each year. Studies have shown that there are a variety of reasons for a youth to either become homeless or run away; reasons that include domestic violence, poverty, transitions from foster care, issues relating to sexual identity, and teen pregnancy. It is also estimated that a staggering 75% of homeless youth either have or will drop out of school. Without a stable option for shelter and access to food, medical, and educational resources homeless youth are at a distinctly high risk of depression, suicide, recreational drug use, health problems, and violence. The Billy Israel Project is a small community of minimal square footage single occupant houses where homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 18 can have access to educational resources, counseling, food, and job opportunities over a period of 12 to 24 months. More importantly, the Billy Israel Project gives homeless youth safety and sense of autonomy. Teens can contribute to the community in the form of maintenance in exchange for food and lodging. It is the mission of the Billy Israel project to provide a stable foundation on which their residents can build a successful future. Resources Pable , J., Ph. D. . (n.d.). Design Response to Homelessness. Implications ,04(07). Retrieved from https://www.informedesign.org/_news/jul_v04r-p.pdf. Homeless and Runaway Youth. (2016, April 14). Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/homeless-and-runaway-youth.aspx How Many Homeless Youth Are In America? (2014). Retrieved from https://www.nn4youth.org/learn/how-many-homeless/

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 1:15 PM

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The Billy Israel Project

The North Atrium

Homelessness amongst youth is a serious and rapidly growing issue in the United States. Sources estimate that over 550,000 youth in America experience are homeless for more than at least one week each year. Studies have shown that there are a variety of reasons for a youth to either become homeless or run away; reasons that include domestic violence, poverty, transitions from foster care, issues relating to sexual identity, and teen pregnancy. It is also estimated that a staggering 75% of homeless youth either have or will drop out of school. Without a stable option for shelter and access to food, medical, and educational resources homeless youth are at a distinctly high risk of depression, suicide, recreational drug use, health problems, and violence. The Billy Israel Project is a small community of minimal square footage single occupant houses where homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 18 can have access to educational resources, counseling, food, and job opportunities over a period of 12 to 24 months. More importantly, the Billy Israel Project gives homeless youth safety and sense of autonomy. Teens can contribute to the community in the form of maintenance in exchange for food and lodging. It is the mission of the Billy Israel project to provide a stable foundation on which their residents can build a successful future. Resources Pable , J., Ph. D. . (n.d.). Design Response to Homelessness. Implications ,04(07). Retrieved from https://www.informedesign.org/_news/jul_v04r-p.pdf. Homeless and Runaway Youth. (2016, April 14). Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/homeless-and-runaway-youth.aspx How Many Homeless Youth Are In America? (2014). Retrieved from https://www.nn4youth.org/learn/how-many-homeless/