“I’ve been doing this work for 25 years and this (HYLC) is the most vital work for the youth that I’ve ever seen.” Youth Advocate
8% of high school students at Reynolds High School in East Portland are homeless. Amina is one of these students who struggle to find safety, a community, and a home.
At 15 years old, Amina became homeless. She arrived in the US as a refugee, but because of a troubled home life, she was kicked out. Amina ran with no documentation, clothes or supplies. For six months HYLC pushed to get her duplicate green card, which then helped her obtain her Oregon State ID, and finally opened the door for her independence. Amina quickly found a job, kept up her grades at school and started to save while living with friends in 3 different places. This independence was the basis to begin an emancipation petition to the court.
Ultimately as an emancipated minor, she could gain access to her own housing and other life skill resources. Amina was homeless until May 2019 when the emancipation petition was granted. She moved into independent housing on August 15, 2019 and continues to rebuild her young life.
This year HYLC served 96 clients with 179 issues. Your support helped us to reach this goal. Now as we begin our 6th year, we hope you will consider a gift to continue our free community lawyering services for youth.
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HYLC by the numbers:
Forty-nine different legal categories addressed (civil/quasi-criminal)
Top 4 legal issues: housing, individual rights, family, benefits/income maintenance
Fifty six percent of HYLC clients who we serve are youth of color
Sixty percent of HYLC clients who we serve grew up in or had contact with the foster care system Forty percent of youth identify with the LQBTQ community
Photo: "Japan" - original art created by one of our clients & recently exhibited at a gallery in Portland!