Charles has been homeless since 16 years-old.

Charles


Charles is 22 and living on the streets of Denver. Charles says homelessness is hard and homeless youth do the best they can, but he continues that the community often works against them. When I […]

Charles

Charles is 22 and living on the streets of Denver. Charles says homelessness is hard and homeless youth do the best they can, but he continues that the community often works against them.

When I first walked up on Charles he was writing out his sign to panhandle. Being a marketer by trade I was curious and asked him what works. Charles responded “the truth”, which is a brilliant lesson for all of us.

Charles has been homeless since 16 years-old. He was in foster care, and says he was in well over 25 placements before he decided to run away.

As I travel focusing on homeless youth, I keep hearing horrible stories of foster care being repeated. Our broken foster care system plays a huge role in both youth and adult homelessness.

Charles has been homeless since 16 years-old. He was in well over 25 foster care placements. Click To Tweet

 

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.

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  • @LatestSaMi

    Who is helping Charles and others like him? 🙁

  • fart

    poor people

  • mozes

    I like how they put jagged metal on the wall so you can’t sit on it.

  • September Plattsmier

    <3 Its important to get involved, and not expect that it will work its self out-or that others are handeling it. It is SHOCKING the amount of homeless youth. They become adapted-just as one becomes instiitutionalized. Its all so unnecessary. Each person can make a wounderful diffrence, if we only try. I dream of one day opening a dormitory-style shelter in Fayetteville Arkansas. Its pathetic our amount of invisible homeless youth that are making their own way into adulthood.

  • Jordan

    This boy is a very poor boy, he is very courageous.
    This situation is very sad a very young man who is homeless at 22 years old…
    I think this situation is very very sad…
    Jordan

  • crevallejack

    I met a young man here who explained to me that when he “aged out” of foster care, he was pretty much thrown out on the street with nothing. He immediately became “prey” and had to find a “family” or die, which for many, means getting involved in crime and drug dealing or worse, but is absolutely necessary to survival. He explained to me that this is much worse for women and transkids, who are almost always forced into the sex trade, explicitly or implicitly. He had decided to do something about it and today has about 250 kids in his “family” whom he helps transition to jobs and safe accommodations. 250! And, that’s just a small part and just here in Portland. Think about that next time you see a homeless kid. This is very likely someone who has been a victim of our society since birth, someone whose “bootstraps” were taken away by US long ago and only has fingernails left to try and claw their way to some sort of survival.

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