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Homeless Youth: Finding Home

By TPT Originals


Original broadcast date: November 22, 2008

Homelessness affects those much younger than many of us know - and much of their journey spent navigating the experience unfolds on their own. Spoken through the stories, images and experiences of young adults, Homeless Youth: Finding Home provides insight into systemic failures, family breakdown, and other issues at the root of youth homelessness. The reflections of these young Minnesotans from a variety of backgrounds also exemplifies the growing network of support systems, the healing power of culture and identity, and other glimmers of hope for ending homelessness.


This documentary was created in collaboration with the Amherst A. Wilder Foundation.

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