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Massachusetts Youth Count 2019

Massachusetts Youth Count 2019

Posted March 15, 2019; last updated April 17th

The Coalition is proud to be a lead collaborator once again with the Massachusetts Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth for the 6th annual Massachusetts Youth Count. The Massachusetts Youth Count mobilizes youth, young adults, youth providers funded by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Continua of Care, schools, and other community partners 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 Friday, April 12th - Sunday, May 12th (with some communities potentially doing additional outreach at events in the weeks after the Youth Count). Here are the survey links:

- Online survey in English
- Online survey in Spanish  
- Printable survey in Spanish (PDF, 4-page version)
- Printable (paper) survey in English (PDF) with shortened link to share: 
tinyurl.com/ycs2019-e
- Printable survey in Haitian Kreyol
- Printable survey in Cape Verdean Creole
- Printable survey in Portuguese

While the regional youth agencies will be entering most surveys, if you are young person completing a paper survey, 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.

** We actively are recruiting youth and young adults who identify as LGBTQ, especially LGBTQ youth of color, to join in the Youth Count as Youth Ambassadors to recruit peers to participate in the survey. Compensation and supports will be provided. If you are interested in serving in the role, please complete this simple self-nomination form. Please also share this Youth Ambassador outreach flyer with other young people who might be interested. Special thanks to the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth for supporting this initiative! **

Thank you to everyone who participate in 2019 Youth Count webinar on April 4th. The webinar recording will be available shortly. 

Here is a Youth Count outreach flyer (PDF, with a QR code to this page), half-page outreach flyer (PDF, with a QR code directly to the online survey; flyer can printed and cut in half), and an overview letter (PDF) from Linn Torto of the Commission and the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness to youth providers funded through the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Youth Count 2019. Check this page soon for an overview of the 2019 Youth Count and an outreach flyer in Spanish.

The results of the 2018 Massachusetts Youth Count are now available. Read the 2018 Youth Count report from the Massachusetts Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth here. To see materials from last year's survey, please  check out this page.

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.

QR code to online survey:
qr code directly to online survey english version