Lexsis breaks my heart. This adorable young woman has been hardened by the system and homelessness. Only 19, Lexsis has grown up most of her life on the streets.
I met Lexsis in Denver, Colorado. She says every day is a struggle for food and safe place to sleep. Lexsis says people should look at homeless youth through their eyes, that they are not after money but acceptance and security.
Lexsis went into foster care as a little girl. When I asked how many placements she responded “57”. That number seemed a little high to me so I asked a social worker who specializes in youth and was told high numbers of placements like that are not uncommon. How can any child grow up normal when they are being tossed around the system like that?!!
The night before this interview Lexsis slept in a park and says someone poured water on her while she was sleeping!
Very special thanks to Sox Place.
This Invisible People road trip is made possible by Sevenly and Virgin Mobile USA, who are partnering to end youth homelessness through Virgin Mobile USA’s initiative, RE*Generation. For more information please click here.