A Systemic Approach to Youth Homelessness and Exploitation

  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Thursday, May 7, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Great information and reminders about situations that our youth are facing."

"I liked the perspectives offered - recognizing that the system is failing the youth, not the youth failing."

"I liked the perspectives offered - understanding that often the choice for youth is not between a good and bad choice, but between a bad or worse choice."

Your Training Description

Youth experiencing homelessness don’t always get the type of support they need. As a youth worker, you can learn how to support young people experiencing homelessness. It’s crucial to recognize the dynamics and systems that sometimes help, and sometimes don’t. This interview-style training will help you understand the connection between exploitation and youth experiencing homelessness, the effects of community systems, and what survival mode means. That will help you to generate a unique approach with each young person you serve.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Become aware of the connections between youth experiencing homelessness and exploitation
  • Learn how community systems can help or hurt youth experiencing homelessness
  • Understand survival mode and how it impacts the decisions young people make
  • Explore what you can do to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness

Your Trainer

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James Scott is the Senior Training Manager for StreetWorks, a collaborative of youth-serving agencies in the seven-county metro area and a program of Lutheran Social Services. Before joining StreetWorks, James worked for HCMC’s Inpatient Psychology Department and managed the shelter, transitional living, and outreach program for Hope Street in South Minneapolis. During his time with Hope Street, James worked as a street outreach case manager. Before his career working with youth experiencing homelessness, James worked for Sesame Street Live and was widely regarded as “a very good Cookie Monster.” James received a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

Strengthen your commitment to implement positive youth development strategies, understand development channels, and support youth through developmental changes.

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