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May 2017Vol. 18, No. 3Youth Leaders Discuss How to Engage Rural Youth in Services

Homeless teenagers are often scared and either don't know where to turn for help or may be reluctant to receive services. In a new podcast from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY) of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), rural youth leaders who were once homeless or in foster care themselves offer advice on how to engage vulnerable rural youth.

In "Youth Speak Out: Shared Experiences Help Rural Youth Leaders Connect," three youth leaders from FYSB's Rural Homeless Youth Initiative talk about engaging youth, familiarizing them with transitional living programs, and connecting them with appropriate services. These young men—two from Vermont and one from Nebraska—provide advice on ways to engage rural youth in transitional living services, such as taking them on outings or to youth summits or conferences to encourage them to discuss their needs and expectations of transitional living programs.

The podcast is available on the NCFY website at