Youth Homelessness. Where Will You Sleep this Christmas?

Youth Homelessness. Where Will You Sleep this Christmas?

Let's find a way to keep the next generation off the streets this Christmas.
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Homelessness is always a sad thing, but it is even worse when it’s youth homelessness. New South Wales in Australia has seen a significant increase in the number of homeless children in the state.

This is a trend that has continued for over the last 20 years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon.

According to NDIS provider, The Samaritan Foundation, as many as 26,000 Australian children are living under homeless conditions each night and about 731,000 children in Australia live under the poverty line.

Many of these children often sleep in cars, friends’ houses, hotels, or on the streets outside. 

Between 2015 and 2016, New South Wales homelessness organisations had helped over 18,400 people who were between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. 

Shelters and homelessness service providers are seeing hundreds of more homeless youth requesting their help each year. As a result, the problem of youth homelessness is clearly getting worse instead of better.

Below are the top 4 causes of homelessness in Australia:

Escaping Abuse

An abusive household is a huge reason why many kids end up on the streets. They simply want to get away from the violence and arguing in their household so that they can find some peace and serenity in their lives.

The children are often the victims of this abuse, and instead of telling someone about it, they just run away because they’re too ashamed.  

Family Troubles

Families that fall under hard economic times may become homeless because they cannot afford a place to live. Parents in this situation usually want to be providers for their children, but they simply don’t have the means to do so.

This forces the children to either become homeless with their parents or to become homeless on their own. 

Abandonment 

Parents who abandon their children or kick them out of the house at a premature age will cause them to become homeless.

There are many reasons for why parents might do this to their children, but if the children are too young, they won’t have the means of taking care of themselves. 

Mental Health Issues

Something that doesn’t get talked about enough is children with mental disorders. A lot of homeless youth are suffering from these mental disorders. According some research (Johnson and Chamberlain, Are the Homeless Mentally Ill?, Salvation Army 2011) a disproportionate number of homeless people in Australia also suffer from some kind of metal anxiety, depression or mental disorder.

This makes it so much harder for them to get off the streets because they don’t have the mental capacity to land a job or get themselves cleaned up. Without someone stepping in to help them, they will stay homeless indefinitely.

Turning the Problem Around

A big reason why homelessness continues to trend is that these children don’t get the help they need fast enough. If they’ve been out on the streets for a few years or longer, it is going to be hard for them to ever reintegrate back into society.

Things, like going to school and getting a job, will seem too surreal for them to consider. 

In New South Wales, the state government is looking to crack down on this problem.

Instead of letting homelessness service providers handle everything, the government and local communities are looking to help troubled youths early on before they even become homeless. 

That way, they won’t fall into a hard life that they mentally can’t pull themselves out of.

Homelessness is always a sad thing, but it is even worse when it’s youth homelessness. New South Wales in Australia has seen a significant increase in the number of homeless children in the state.

This is a trend that has continued for over the last 20 years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon.

According to NDIS provider, The Samaritan Foundation, as many as 26,000 Australian children are living under homeless conditions each night and about 731,000 children in Australia live under the poverty line.

Many of these children often sleep in cars, friends’ houses, hotels, or on the streets outside. 

Between 2015 and 2016, New South Wales homelessness organisations had helped over 18,400 people who were between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. 

Shelters and homelessness service providers are seeing hundreds of more homeless youth requesting their help each year. As a result, the problem of youth homelessness is clearly getting worse instead of better.

Below are the top 4 causes of homelessness in Australia:

Escaping Abuse

An abusive household is a huge reason why many kids end up on the streets. They simply want to get away from the violence and arguing in their household so that they can find some peace and serenity in their lives.

The children are often the victims of this abuse, and instead of telling someone about it, they just run away because they’re too ashamed.  

Family Troubles

Families that fall under hard economic times may become homeless because they cannot afford a place to live. Parents in this situation usually want to be providers for their children, but they simply don’t have the means to do so.

This forces the children to either become homeless with their parents or to become homeless on their own. 

Abandonment 

Parents who abandon their children or kick them out of the house at a premature age will cause them to become homeless.

There are many reasons for why parents might do this to their children, but if the children are too young, they won’t have the means of taking care of themselves. 

Mental Health Issues

Something that doesn’t get talked about enough is children with mental disorders. A lot of homeless youth are suffering from these mental disorders. According some research (Johnson and Chamberlain, Are the Homeless Mentally Ill?, Salvation Army 2011) a disproportionate number of homeless people in Australia also suffer from some kind of metal anxiety, depression or mental disorder.

This makes it so much harder for them to get off the streets because they don’t have the mental capacity to land a job or get themselves cleaned up. Without someone stepping in to help them, they will stay homeless indefinitely.

Turning the Problem Around

A big reason why homelessness continues to trend is that these children don’t get the help they need fast enough. If they’ve been out on the streets for a few years or longer, it is going to be hard for them to ever reintegrate back into society.

Things, like going to school and getting a job, will seem too surreal for them to consider. 

In New South Wales, the state government is looking to crack down on this problem.

Instead of letting homelessness service providers handle everything, the government and local communities are looking to help troubled youths early on before they even become homeless. 

That way, they won’t fall into a hard life that they mentally can’t pull themselves out of.

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Yes, I'm In College, I Go Home All The Time, And I Couldn't Feel Less Ashamed

Because let's be real here, the home life is the best life.

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An only child, I always knew I couldn't get too far away from home when I went to college. This made my options when applying to college slightly more limited because I was certain in my desire to go to school close to home.

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley of California, about a thirty-minute drive from the city of Los Angeles. Every college I applied to was in California, and a few were too far for me to even consider if I did get in. My top school was always UCLA, but I also considered UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly SLO.

When I found out that I got accepted into UCLA, I was ecstatic for thousands of reasons but one pretty significant reason for my excitement that not a lot of people can relate to was that it was so close to home.

I have always been super close to both my parents and I could not wait for them to come to visit me and for me to go home every so often and eat a home-cooked meal.

I know a few other people here at UCLA who are from the same hometown as me and could go back as often as me if they wanted to. While some do, many others prefer to stay on campus and get the "true college experience." I completely understand and frankly, respect them for being able to have that kind of strength. However, I succumb to the weakness pretty easily.

On average, I spend at least one night at home per week. Being just thirty minutes away from my warm and comforting bed, my mom's delicious dinners, my own shower, my family, and pretty much just my own space is exactly what I wanted.

A lot of people are shocked by how often I go back home and even criticize me for not allowing myself to become fully immersed in my college experience. However, I feel like I'm as involved as I would be if I never step foot off campus. I'm in a sorority, I'm part of a few clubs, I attend campus-famous events, I'm a huge dining hall fan (ask anyone who knows me - I practically live at Bruin Plate), I have a few favorite study spots, and I go out as much as you would expect any college freshman to. On top of all that, I get to enjoy the comfort of doing my laundry at home and sleeping in my room whenever I want. That's pretty great if you ask me.

At first, I did feel a little ashamed of telling my friends I was going home again. Now, they already see it coming, and I know to expect some ~friendly~ jokes and teasing.

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Millennial Fashion Trends for 2018. What will you be Wearing ?

2018 is shaping up to be a Ripper Year for Smart Casual Fashion.
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As 2017 comes to a close, so do many fashion trends that have made the year genuinely memorable. We may be saying goodbye to romphims, double jeans, and everything bucket, but we’ll be welcoming in some remarkable new styles, and saying hello to some old friends.

The new year is already well set-up to bring in some exciting, colourful, and unique millennial fashion trends, for both men and women.

With many of the spring lines having been introduced, and some fascinating insights into what’s in store for summer, we already have a great idea of what 2018 is going to bring to our wardrobes.

To help you to stay ahead of the trends, and ensure your wardrobe isn’t going to let you down come the new year, we have put together 5 top styles that are going to make 2018 just as memorable as 2017. Without further ado, here’s what you should be keeping an eye out for in 2018.

Comfortable Styles with Statement Designs

One of the most significant recurring themes of the 2018 fashion trends so far is comfort. Music to the ears of many, comfort and enjoyment are both critical factors in the upcoming fashion trends.

From formal wear to casual clothing, there are plenty of designs to ensure 2018 doesn’t come down to a choice between comfort and style.

The athleisure trend won’t be a new addition to 2018, but it’s indeed set to shine, combining style with comfort, practicality, and flexibility. Along with athleisure, women can look forward to adding high-waist trousers to their wardrobe, while for men, shorts are going to be an essential fashion choice.

Keeping It Classic with Denim

There may yet be a year where the practical and diverse properties of denim are not featured in the top fashion trends, but 2018 certainly isn’t going to be the first. However, that’s not to say 2018 is going to be the same as 2017 – far from it.

For spring and summer, polished denim is going to be a must-have wardrobe addition for women. The latest collections have revealed a tailored denim transformation since it last featured in the top fashion trends. For men, 2018 is going to be all about straight cut jeans, either with a narrow or wide cut.

Red Is Here to Stay

Amongst the flurry of colour in 2017, there was one colour that was a standout addition – red.

Red dresses have featured on many a cat-walk in 2017, something set to continue throughout 2018. Whether it’s the Simone Pérèle Contoured Amour Bra or a Bandana Square Scarf from Saint Laurent, the trend is vibrant, bold, and with a dash of elegance.

The trend is going back to the classic style in 2018, with plain block red dresses predicted to be a particularly hot addition to your wardrobe.

Combining a classic cut with an elegant finish will create a statement wardrobe piece, with no harm done if the vibrant colour makes its way onto some of your other chosen pieces for the new year.

Set-Up to be a Very Hot Year

While the winter months are set to be especially cold, many of the top 2018 fashion trends are established to ensure you stay perfectly warm, and on trend concurrently. This sense of warmth and comfort has been extended to a large part of your wardrobe, for both men and women.

Men can look forward to stocking their wardrobe with knitted jumpers featuring classic patterns and timeless colours. Millennial women, alternatively, will have a vast selection of layered dresses and coats to choose from.

Trench coats and parkas are set to be essential coat styles, while oversized and multi-layer dresses are also a must-have wardrobe addition. 

A Brand-New Burst of Colour

Perhaps the most anticipated area of fashion trends, the top colour choices of 2018 are set to be fantastic. In many areas, bold, vibrant, and eye-catching is still very much on trend, with the additional touch of shine and sparkle to make a bigger statement. 

For spring, sorbet colours are going to be vital for the perfect wardrobe, with the addition of some elegant, classic floral prints. The colour explosion is also making its way to shoes and coats for 2018, with vibrant shades and statement designs set to be a popular choice.

As the designers are sticking to what they know, and what we love for 2018, it’s the perfect time to do the same. One thing is certain – 2018 is going to be a great year for millennial fashion.

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