Location

Portland State University

Start Date

4-5-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 2:00 PM

Subjects

Homeless youth -- Oregon -- Portland, Sexual minority youth -- Oregon -- Portland, Homeless youth -- Services for -- Oregon -- Portland

Description

Within the Portland Oregon Houseless Youth Continuum, to what extent are the particular needs of Queer Youth of Color being served by existing programs? There is a gap between the nature of houseless youth services and the need for Queer Youth of Color to rebuild the missing connections resulting from cultural or spiritual rupture that creates a disconnection from their ancestry and community estrangement. Programs exist that offer assistance to QYOC in crisis but these programs lack in a positive connection to spiritual and cultural legacy that will support long term self-efficacy.

The proposed research goal is to examine these questions; (1) In what ways do existing programs disconnect from cultural and spiritual identity? (2) To the extent that they do not, what actions will lead to programs that meet these needs? (3) What are the medium term results of youth receiving assistance through programs that are not culturally aware? Data will be gathered through interviews with QYOC, interviews with program coordinators and staff of existing Houseless Youth Continuum programs. Research will explore the intersections of cultural estrangement, mental health, and personal achievement.

This research will provide a better understanding of the importance of cultural factors in QYOC advocacy.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/17231

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May 4th, 12:00 PM May 4th, 2:00 PM

After Houselessness: Queer Youth of Color Severed From Cultural and Spiritual Community

Portland State University

Within the Portland Oregon Houseless Youth Continuum, to what extent are the particular needs of Queer Youth of Color being served by existing programs? There is a gap between the nature of houseless youth services and the need for Queer Youth of Color to rebuild the missing connections resulting from cultural or spiritual rupture that creates a disconnection from their ancestry and community estrangement. Programs exist that offer assistance to QYOC in crisis but these programs lack in a positive connection to spiritual and cultural legacy that will support long term self-efficacy.

The proposed research goal is to examine these questions; (1) In what ways do existing programs disconnect from cultural and spiritual identity? (2) To the extent that they do not, what actions will lead to programs that meet these needs? (3) What are the medium term results of youth receiving assistance through programs that are not culturally aware? Data will be gathered through interviews with QYOC, interviews with program coordinators and staff of existing Houseless Youth Continuum programs. Research will explore the intersections of cultural estrangement, mental health, and personal achievement.

This research will provide a better understanding of the importance of cultural factors in QYOC advocacy.