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If you see them : young, unhoused, and alone in America / Vicki Sokolik.

Sokolik, Vicki, (author.).

"An exploration of the crisis of homeless youth--told through the stories of a woman on the frontlines and the kids themselves."-- Provided by publisher.
"They hide in plain sight. They survive on school breakfasts and lunches, join sports teams in order to shower, sleep on friends' couches, in parks, or on the streets. Their official designation is "unaccompanied homeless youth" -- they are not "runaways" breaking free from strict parenting; these are kids seeking safety. They have escaped abusive parents, been abandoned, or never had a home to begin with. When Vicki Sokolik's son brought brought home a classmate who was living on her own and about to drop out of school to work a minimum wage job, Vicki stepped in to help. Soon she was introduced to other kids who lacked adult supervision, support, and the means to survive and thrive. As she learned more about the invisible population of young people navigating life alone, she discovered the countless ways they are overlooked and impeded by the system. She founded a nonprofit and worked to change legislation in her home state of Florida to give these kids agency over their lives. Listening to the kids opened her up and changed her; and in turn, her unwavering belief in them transformed their ideas of what was possible. If You See Them wakes us up to the issue of youth homelessness in America through Sokolik's own story of advocacy and through the voices of the kids themselves. Her grassroots action demonstrates the world-shifting power of compassion, acceptance, belonging, and self-determination, and the capacity each of us has to change our communities for the better." -- Jacket flap.

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  • ISBN: 9781954118492
  • ISBN: 195411849X
  • Physical Description: 337 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2024]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-337).
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Snowballs -- Part one : Starting out -- Sunset Inn Motel -- Help someone else -- Boundaries -- Amanda -- The foreigner -- Amanda and David join forces -- Easy street -- The mayor -- The last hurrah -- Banging on Amanda's front door -- Part two : Unaccompanied youth -- Courtney -- The hardest part -- Night terrors -- Courtney's skepticism -- Safe spaces -- Shaq -- Learning to lean on others -- Amanda's call -- Shaq's resistance -- Mindfulness -- Skye -- Skye's resilience -- Cori's surgery -- Courtney's crime -- Part three : Advocating -- Sergio -- Sergio's birth certificate -- Taylor -- Taylor's friend -- Randall -- Randall's anger -- What is the fucking lesson? -- Retreat -- Courtney's revelation -- Shaq doesn't see his potential -- Sergio testifies -- Part four : Community -- Housing headaches -- Haven Poe -- Sophia -- Amari -- Their truths -- My truths -- Epilogue: When Taylor gets up to speak.
Subject: Sokolik, Vicki.
Homeless youth.
Human rights advocacy.
Human rights workers.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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