The Nine Guiding Principles - Youthlink

The Nine Guiding Principles At YouthLink, we have nine guiding principles that shape the way we work with young people experiencing homelessness.

Journey Oriented: We interact with youth to help them understand the interconnectedness of their past, present, and future as they decide where they want to go and how to get there.

Trauma-Informed: We recognize that most homeless youth have experienced trauma; we build our relationships, responses, and services on that knowledge.

Non-Judgmental: We interact with youth without labeling or judging them on the basis of their background, experiences, choices, or behaviors.

Harm Reduction: We contain the effects of risky behavior in the short term and seek to reduce its effects in the long term.

Trusting Youth-Adult Relationships: We build relationships by interacting with youth in an honest, dependable, authentic, caring, and supportive way.

Strengths-Based: We start with, and build upon, the skills, strengths, and positive characteristics of each youth.

Positive Youth Development: We provide opportunities for youth to build a sense of competency, usefulness, belonging, and power.

Holistic: We engage youth in a manner that recognizes that mental, physical, spiritual, and social health are interconnected and interrelated.

Collaboration: We establish a principles-based, youth-focused system of support that integrates practices, procedures, and services within and across agencies, systems, and policies.

YouthLink’s collaboration on the Downtown 100 program led to a 74% decrease in arrest rates among program participants.

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