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Search terms: lgbt, lgbtq, gay, homeless youth, cellphone, technology
Summary: Christopher Wood was thrown out of his home because of his sexuality and credits his cellphone with saving his life. Now he hopes to expand his effort to provide homeless LGBTQ youth with cellphones across the country soon. The ultimate goal is to provide phones for more than 5,000 homeless LGBTQ teens in 200 cities and rural communities. Despite their vast overrepresentation in the national homeless population, no federal programs exist to meet the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth. Even though homeless LGBTQ youth only account for roughly four percent of the general population, 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness self-identify as LGBTQ.
Eric Rice, Norweenta G. Milburn and William Monro
Search Terms: homeless youth, alcoholism, drugs, cellphone, los angeles, prevention, technology
Summary: Peer-based prevention programs for homeless youth are complicated by the potential for reinforcing high-risk behaviors among participants. The goal of this study is to understand how homeless youth could be linked to positive peers in prevention programming by understanding where in social and physical space positive peers for homeless youth are located, how these ties are associated with substance use, and the role of social networking technologies (e.g., internet and cell phones) in this process. Personal social network data were collected from 136 homeless adolescents in Los Angeles, CA. For homeless youth, who are physically disconnected from positive peers, social networking technologies can be used to facilitate the sorts of positive social ties that effective peer-based prevention programs require.