The Streetwork Outreach Training Manual

This document is intended to be a guide for action for people concerned about the youth who live alone of the streets of America without the nurturing, protection, and supervision of caring adults. It describes the varied activities, knowledge, and skills and outreach program needs to provide services to these youth who are living on the streets. Specific topics include discussions about life on the streets and why youth become runaways, street subcultures and hierarchy, and the underlying principles of streetwork and two streetwork programs. The bulk of the document covers outreach program development; the creation of an outreach team, including staff development and training needs; program implementation and the rules to be followed to aid success; and the various services, both direct and ancillary, that are needed. The final chapters examine the cultural diversity that can be found among homeless persons, and Alaska's response to the homeless youth problem. (Authors)

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