The goal of the Runaway/Homeless Youth Program is to assist youth and families in crisis. One of the program's primary aims is to provide support when a teenager runs away, threatens to leave home, or feels hopeless about his or her family relationships. The program is highly successful at reuniting runaway and homeless youth (ages 12 to 18 years old) with their families.
Youth case managers maintain a non-biased perspective and facilitate family communication without taking sides. They develop plans of action and goals with youth and their families, which include both individual and family-oriented objectives.
Youth case managers guide youth and their families in understanding the effects of positive and negative behaviors on family dynamics and youth’s safety. They help youth develop a positive self-concept and greater self-awareness while teaching parents healthy strategies for responding to teenagers’ behaviors and family conflict.