Positive Youth Development

After being released from a juvenile facility, Diego entered the Dream Tree transitional living program. Though Diego, now 20 years old, graduated from the program and now lives on his own in a community far away from Dream Tree, he checks in regularly because he works for Onyx Construction, helping to build the casitas.
Programs around the country are easing the transition to adulthood for runaway and homeless youth. Through the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Transitional Living Program for Older Homeless Youth, more than 5,000 runaway and homeless youth a year receive housing, life skills training, counseling, and education and employment support from local organizations.
Like thousands of young people in the United States each year, Catherine* couldn't go home. Last year, at age 16, she learned she was pregnant, and her parents asked her to leave.
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