HALO PROGRAMMING IN THE US
Domestically, we serve over 800 youth each year, offering services that foster educational and emotional growth while equipping at-risk youth to become contributing members of their communities. HALO empowers youth in the greatest need to become contributing members of their communities.
The need for these types of community-based programs is great as homelessness is rising among youth. The average cost of HALO programming for one youth per month is only $50. HALO currently provides programming in four cities across the U.S.: Kansas City, Jefferson City, Los Angeles, and Portland. Learn more about HALO’s domestic programs below.
In 2006, through connecting with local homeless shelter and residential programs, HALO identified there was a gap in resources when it came to future focused programs for homeless youth. Existing organizations that provide the basic needs to these youth, often times were short on resources to focus in on the youth’s passions, dreams, and futures. Thus, in 2007, HALO began a satellite Future Focused Art program in a residential treatment center.
In 2010, HALO opened their own space in Kansas City, The HALO Learning Center, which works to empower homeless youth to become contributing members of their communities. We provide Future-Focused Art programs, Professional Development, Vocational programs Life Skill programs, and iEmpathize, a program that teaches youth to identify a positive or exploitive relationship in their lives.
Partnering with local homeless shelters, transitional living programs, alternative high schools, and more, HALO has served over 2,000 youth since opening our doors.
HALO HOME, KANSAS CITY
After 8 years of working in the Kansas City community, HALO staff gained thorough knowledge on the abundance of the homeless youth population. While there are many housing resources for the population, HALO learned that all the established organizations had few to no openings, and an extensive waitlist of youth awaiting housing. Until these youth are selected for a housing spot, they bounce from couch to couch, living out of cars, and oftentimes on the streets. After speaking with community partners, HALO decided that there were, unfortunately, never too many housing resources. Therefore, in 2015, HALO opened a housing program for teens in homeless situations.
The HALO Home in Kansas City is an up to 24 month-long program that provides free housing for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting youth ages 16-21 years who are in homeless or high-risk situations. The goal of the HALO Home is to help youth get out of “crisis mode”, set long-term goals for themselves, and learn how to live independently.
HALO HOME, JEFFERSON CITY
In 2013-2014 HALO conducted a homeless youth research project. Through agency and school partnerships we identified 135 teenage youth in Jefferson City who are homeless. Their homelessness can be caused by many different circumstances, such as: their parents being incarcerated, death, drug addiction, abuse, etc. Youth in these situations have very few options. Sometimes they can live with a relative, but most end up sleeping on random couches, in their cars, or even in local parks. Very few resources for homeless minors exist in Jefferson City. HALO’s mission is to support youth in the greatest need and fill gaps in the community. Therefore, HALO started a housing for teens in homeless situations.
The HALO Transitional Living Program is an up to 24 month-long program that provides free housing for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting youth ages 16-21 years old who are in homeless or high-risk situations. HALO defines homeless youth as, “minors who are not involved in the foster care system and cannot live with their biological parents due to situations such as: parents being incarcerated, addicts, physically or emotionally abusive, who take no physical or financial responsibility for their children, or parenting teens who are not welcome to in their parents’ home due to financial burdens or religious beliefs”.The goal of the HALO TLP is to help youth get out of “crisis mode”, set long-term goals for themselves, and learn how to live independently.
The HALO TLP provides children of parenting teens a safe and stable living environment and assistance in securing daycare. Youth who are accepted into the program are required to finish high school with a diploma (if they have not already done so), and seek and obtain part-time employment while they are in school. Youth who have graduated from high school must either obtain full-time employment or start college classes. Youth are required to participate in life-skills workshops, which are aimed at teaching them how to live independently. Parenting youth are required to take weekly parenting classes. HALO staff work with youth on 7 main focus areas: Education, Employment, Financial, Parenting/Relationships, Health, Spiritual, and Transportation. Each youth meets weekly with HALO Staff to work on their goals and assess their progress throughout the program.
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Founded in 2011, HALO joins with the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles community to raise awareness and education about the HALO mission. Weekly satellite workshops are offered to youth served through an area program in the heart of LA. Workshops are art therapy-based and revolve around the future-focused DREAM Campaign and monthly life skill themes. HALO USC holds multiple events, including an alternative spring break allowing students, alumni, and other interested individuals to get involved.