This chapter explores the ways in which young people across Canada attempt to get off the street and leave behind street culture. Through semistructured interviews with 128 young people and 50 service providers in six Canadian cities, the research identified strategies and challenges involved in leaving street life. Findings suggest that there are several interrelated dimensions to the process, including contemplation, motivation to change, securing help, making the transition from the street, changing daily routines, and redefining one’s sense of self.
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