The Lost Youth: Understanding the Causes and Solutions for Youth Homelessness

Site Objective
  • Examining what resources the education system provides to students experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless

  • Understanding how the experience of homelessness can exacerbate existing mental illness

  • Exploring how experiencing homelessness puts youth at a greater risk for drug abuse and vice versa

  • Fully understanding the structure, execution, and impact of the solutions Seattle has used to address food insecurity, mental illness, drug abuse, and accessibility to education for the homeless youth population

  • Site Name: The Lost Youth: Understanding the Causes and Solutions for Youth HomelessnessSite Topic: Youth Homelessness

  • Location: Seattle, Washington

  • Cost: $180 - $200 (scholarship available)

  • Dates: Saturday, March 21st - Saturday, March 28th

  • Planning to take: 10 Participants

  • Community Partners: Doorway Project, Teen Feed, PSKS (Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets), Youth Care, Wellspring, Friends of Youth

  • Transportation: Flights & Rental Cars

  • Housing: Church

  • Site Leaders: Ashley Lanuza & Brandon Phan

*Logistics are tentative and subject to change. 

Site Leaders' Message

Hey there! We, Brandon and Ashley, are excited for you to join us in Seattle, where we'll unpack the issue of urban youth homelessness. As we visit our community partners, we hope we can learn together the ways that food, education, mental health, and substance abuse has impacted this specific population- a community that resembles so closely the age of ourselves and our peers. On this trip, we'll learn, serve, and reflect so that we are all ignited to bring changes back to Los Angeles. Oh, and we'll definitely have a lot of memories, laughter, tears, and fun along the way. See ya then!


- Ashley Lanuza and Brandon Phan

Alternative Breaks at UCLA

405 Kerckhoff Hall

308 Westwood Plaza,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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