Welcome to the California Homeless Youth Project

Video Wall

We have compiled several short video interviews with young people who have experienced homelessness or housing instability in order to highlight their experiences, aspirations, and ideas for change.  In keeping with our peer research model, most interviews were conducted by young adults, including several youth who participated in Changing the Odds, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office 2009 summer program in partnership with New America Media/Youth Outlook.

The Street Through My Eyes:  A Guided Tour Houseless, Not Homeless From on The Street to off - With a Pet From Seeking Service to Providing Service My Son Saved My Life From Pillar to Post Emancipated to the Street Bicycle is Key to Survival Life as a Couch-Surfer Hustling in the Streets Managing My Life and My Money Kicked Out Because of Sexual Orientation Ideas for Programs and Services, in Los Angeles Homeless Youth Finds Success with Transitional Housing Growing up Fatherless Emotional Support is Key to Mental Health Struggling for Success Police Make Rough Life Rougher The Importance of Emotional Support Former Foster Youth, Still Struggling Trying to Raise a Child Having a Child Led to Finding a Home Balancing School and Siblings Homeless Youth Finds Sobriety and Stability Finding My Safe Haven Raised Homeless, Homeless as a Youth, Now Stable

Video Credits

Learn about the youth from Changing the Odds and the New America Media team who created the videos for this wall.

Min Lee, New America Media

Interns/Videographers/ Interviewers
Gebrael Admasu, Teakisha Britton, Susan Chen, Dawn Davis II, Amanzie Emenike, Narkeath Jones, Augustin Lopez-Medina, Kristy Lyons, Tashara Mays, Angel Pacheco-Rey, Sean Shavers, Mike Traikov, Giancarlo, Tito

Many thanks to the interns who participated in this project and to Min Lee. And special thanks to Raldon (Donny) Lumpkins for his help on the project.