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We carry out our mission through our partner organizations and volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize, and otherwise help homeless and at risk youth improve their lives.
Our focus goes beyond street outreach and extends to deterrence, research, resources, seminars, training and workshops that we provide to the communities and via the Internet.
Although our slogan is "Advocating for America's Youth," our endeavors are towards all homeless and at risk children no matter their geographical location.
They needs us now!!
Our volunteers at IYN are dedicating their lives and time to helping them get off the street, and away from the threat of becoming, one more death, one more rape, one more crime, one more suicide, one more desperate act that sends them to prison or their death.
There are an estimated 1.6 to 1.7 million homeless children under 18 walking the streets of American cities alone, of this 1.6 to 1.7 million there is an estimated 4,000 under 18 and an estimated 4,000 between the the ages of 18 and 21 on any given day walking the streets of San Diego, California.
63% of runaway and homeless youth are never reported or sought after by guardians.
22% to 44% of their parents abuse drugs or alcohol, leading to domestic violence and conflicts.
If you don’t personally know someone living on the streets, it’s easy to pretend youth homelessness isn't a problem. It is a problem, and it affects millions of normal kids every day. It’s time for us to wake up and pay attention to these kids.
Each of these kids have their own story of why they are homeless among those stories are throwaway children by parents who could no longer afford them, mental, physical and sexual abuse at home or school.
The kids that are able to survive street life have their own way of surviving chief among them is selling their bodies to survive both female and male, theft and everything thrown in between. Many of these kids do not have a clean set of clothes, no personal hygiene items, no way to shower and go without food for days.
They sleep with the elements, rain, snow, cold, hot, four legged predators and needless to say two legged predators as well. How am I sure of this at the age of nine when my parents deserted me I was one of these kids.
One thing that you can count on with these kids they spend a great deal of time being afraid, scared, lonely and crying.
The Invisible Youth Network is here for these kids in every possible way?
- Russell T. Hartsaw
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