Youth In Need’s Street Outreach Program has provided continuous outreach since 1990. The program targets the needs of at-risk, runaway and homeless youth by providing services on the streets of the St. Louis metropolitan area. A mobile outreach unit provides tangible items, such as food, clothing and hygiene products to street youth. The program also distributes Youth In Need literature and referral information for other needed services, including GED programs, medical facilities, shelters, job training programs and long-term food pantries. Street Outreach workers provide case management services by offering follow-up visits and completing progress notes on its clients.
The Street Outreach team canvasses the streets for homeless youth from noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Staff also are available for community presentations on homeless youth and youth focus groups during this time as well.