Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

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The Runaway and Homeless Youth Program helps unaccompanied runaway and homeless youth under 18, and those at risk, toward safety, well-being, permanent connections, and self-sufficiency.

Through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, youth have access to an outreach social worker and safe overnight accommodations away from the streets. Youth may participate in prevention services, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, intensive case management, family mediation and reunification, positive recreation and independent living skills building. Services are voluntary and use a positive youth development approach. Services follow Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: meeting a youth’s basic needs first, and then developing the youth’ vision of stability and goals to attain it.

The program staff works collaboratively with parents or legal guardians, in a non-judgmental, strength-based manner, in order to achieve safe, stable housing for the youth, and a path to self-sufficiency. Services may be provided at school or in conjunction with school staff if in the best interest of the youth.

Meet Our Team

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Erin Kelly Director MA, LCMHC
Mandy Lancaster
Mandy Lancaster Program Manager for RYP/SOP/TLP


Administration for Children and Families – Family and Youth Services Bureau Manchester School District City of Manchester

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