Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Metropolitan Universities Journal

ISSN

2572-6803

Volume

22

Issue

3

First Page

46

Last Page

62

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Abstract

This article examines the experiences homeless youth face and the influence of social networks on their education. Using a social capital framework, we analyze the experiences that are different for poor youth in general and those homeless. Data used include interviews with 123 homeless youth and more than 40 policymakers, school counselors, and after-school program coordinators. Youth identified three aspects of their lives that influence network development associated with college access: mobility and stability, meeting basic needs, and anonymity and shame. The temporary nature of their residential stability requires a systemic response by educational institutions.

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