Opinion

Being Homeless: Don’t Let Your Present Define Who You Are

homelessness: Pregnant woman in backyard looking left.

ahmad sweeney/Shutterstock

.

I am a 22-year-old from Capitol Heights, Md. I first started experiencing homelessness at the age of 19 while I was in school. 

With the situation with my mother and me, I was unable to return back home, resulting in residing at Promise Place (a shelter in Capitol Heights) every time I came back from school. 

I never really had an encounter with the police, but I do have some friends that got caught up with law enforcement and people that were in the shelter with me that were caught up also. 

alt text: homelessness: Daejanae Day (headshot), in graduate school, serious-looking young woman wearing brown top sitting in car.

Daejanae Day

In some cases, the police officers were good to the youth and made sure they were safe, but in other cases, if a person had a record or was violent toward them, it would end in a different result. 

In May 2018, I graduated college with my bachelor’s and I was expecting my daughter (who came in September of that year). I moved out of the program to a transitional housing for mothers and eventually got a place with the child’s father. 

My advice to the youth who are experiencing homelessness is to never give up, don’t let what is happening to you define who you are and to just stay motivated as much as they can. 

And if they encounter a police officer to just stay calm and tell them the truth. Who knows, the officer can help you cause they have a heart or they experienced it before.

Daejanae Day is trying to get into politics and make a difference in her community, starting with tackling homelessness in her area and beyond. For now she is a mom of an almost 1-year-old and in graduate school for public relations and management.

Comments

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Youth Today's ISSN: 10896724
Our XML website site map:
https://youthtoday.org/sitemap.xml

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories

Logo Grant professional Association Business Alliance
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2019 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
1200 Chastain Rd, MD 00310, Chastain Pointe Bldg 300, Suite 310, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

To Top