“Even without a roof over their heads, young adults find ways to access the internet.”
Led by the University of Alabama’s Rosanna Guadagno, they surveyed 237 college kids and 65 homeless youth, both with an average age of a little over 19 years old. While a greater percentage of the students were on social networks (over 90 percent), both groups of users reported spending more than an hour per day using Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
Although it was a small study, its findings point to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as a means for conducting outreach with the homeless population as “the term digital divide is not descriptive of the young adult population.”
Are there nontraditional homeless outreach strategies that we could employ to end youth homelessness in New Jersey?