I saw a homeless girl today when I was coming from school. I see her very often when I leave and approach Harold Washington College. It was extremely…

I saw a homeless girl today when I was coming from school. I see her very often when I leave and approach Harold Washington College. It was extremely cold downtown today. The young girl was shivering and turning red in the face due to the dramatically cold weather. This was hard for me to bear and it hurts me to see someone so young in such a predicament. She seems to be a nice young lady and is the exact age that I am. Seeing this only encouraged me to realize how many teenagers just as well are homeless. Hearing this young lady’s story also helped me to realize how many teens become homeless everyday. This inspires me to reach out and do whatever I possibly can to find more homes for homeless youth. I truly enjoy helping others. I wish that there were things that we as youth could do in unison to better help these situations.

I am also a homeless youth. I reside in a teen living program in Chicago. Even with long-term shelter being provided, it remains a struggle to have encountered such a burden. I can just imagine what other homeless teens experience from a day-to-day basis. If only there were something we as a whole, including parents, teachers,teens, etc., could do to rejuvenate our communities of teenage and youth homelessness. I have faith that one day, people will get together to “change” these problems. I am only excited to see such a change progress and will do anything that assists with a better outcome.
-Sharenna