Support For Homeless Teens At Risk For Contracting Hiv / Aids

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Advocacy in Social Work: Championing Support for Homeless Teens at Risk for Contracting HIV/AIDS
There are many groups in our society who need the championing efforts of dedicated social workers to assist them with meeting their needs, reaching their goals and manifesting their highest possible potential. Few are so radically marginalized as homeless youth. This population is considered to be highly vulnerable because they lack so much more than their mature counterparts. In order for social workers to be effective in their efforts to properly assist homeless teenagers at risk for becoming HIV positive, a solid understanding of a variety of advocacy techniques should be well understood and practiced. Advocacy at the macro level, reaching large numbers of affected teens, extending well beyond individual needs and encompassing multiple levels of interdisciplinary teamwork are required. It is at the macro level where cause advocacy becomes crucially important (Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2015).
In direct response to the call for cause advocacy, some organizations have recently come together to become agents of change for the growing numbers of teenagers experiencing homelessness throughout our country. “Over 500,000 young people experience homelessness every year throughout our nation. Despite that staggering figure, there are only 4,000 youth shelter beds across the country. This forces the majority of homeless youth to struggle for survival on the streets. The National Campaign…

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