The Drop-in Model: Exploring Temporary Solutions to Youth Homelessness

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Each year, more than 2 million kids in the U.S. will experience homelessness, and the problem is exacerbated in major urban centers like Philadelphia. Drop-in centers provide a variety of day-to-day services to many of these homeless youth, including meals, a place to shower, access to health clinics, social services, etc. What they do not provide, however, is a place to sleep at night. The key idea behind drop-in centers is they equip the clients they serve with the tools necessary to build self-sufficient lives and improve their current living situations. Increasingly, drop-in centers have become a popular way to cater to the needs of homeless youth across the country, and this trip will seek to examine the efficacy of that model to solving the problem of youth homelessness both temporarily and as a long-term goal.

Leaders

Regina Zeng ‘18

Regina Zeng ‘18

Regina Zeng, class of 2018, is an English major, pursuing a certificate in theater, from Southern California. At Princeton, she works at the Writing Center, is a member of the mock trial team, and is an Orange Key tour guide. Outside of work, her hobbies include sipping on cappuccinos and napping.

 

 

Shobhit Kumar ‘18

Shobhit Kumar ‘18

Shobhit Kumar is a Woodrow Wilson School major, focusing on US-China diplomatic relations, in the Class of 2018. On campus, he is involved in Mock Trial and Old NasSoul a cappella. Shobhit one day hopes to be able to solve a Rubix cube while simultaneously doing a headstand and singing the Star Spangled Banner.

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Applications will be available in the fall. More information can be found here.