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Massachusetts Youth Count 2018

Massachusetts Youth Count 2018

Posted February 5, 2018; last updated May 16th

** The online survey is available now at these links: English and Spanish. **

The Coalition is proud to be a lead collaborator once again with the Massachusetts Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth for the 5th annual Massachusetts Youth Count. The Massachusetts Youth Count mobilizes youth, young adults, Continua of Care, and youth providers to survey young people under the age of 25 from all across the Commonwealth who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The insights and data gathered from the survey process are used to influence advocacy and programming to address youth and young adult homelessness.

This year's Youth Count will take place from Monday, April 23rd - Sunday, May 13th (with some communities doing additional outreach at events in the weeks before and after the Youth Count). The online survey is available now at these links: English and SpanishHere are the printable (paper) survey tools in EnglishSpanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Kreyol. Completed printed surveys can be scanned/photographed and emailed to Kelly or mailed to the Kelly Turley, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, 73 Buffum Street, Lynn, MA 01902.

An overview of the 2018 Youth Count is here (PDF, updated 4-9-18). An outreach flyer (with QR code) in English is linked and below, with a Spanish version here. Access an online folder with sample social media posts and other key documents here.

youth count flyer 2018

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Massachusetts Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth to recruit Youth Ambassadors for this year's Youth Count. Learn more here (general self-nomination form) and here (Commission on LGBTQ Youth outreach flyer) and help spread the word.

Youth Count outreach initiative flyer


Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Youth Count conference on Thursday, February 15th at the College of the Holy Cross. The conference agenda is here (PDF).

Want to know more about the outcomes of last year's Youth Count? *Check out the final 2017 Massachusetts Youth Count report here and the statewide summary. Please also see the separate summaries on the findings from each region, as well as for LGBTQ youthyouth with foster care involvementpregnant and parenting youth, and youth with criminal justice system involvement.*

For more details about the Coalition's advocacy on addressing and ending youth and young adult homelessness, please click here: unaccompanied youth and young adult homelessness page or contact Kelly.
Follow the Massachusetts Youth Count on Facebook: Youth Count Facebook page.