[lack of trust] in relationships with others.”
The reasons for their homelessness are that they are runaways, youth who left home without permission, or throwaways, youth forced to leave home by their primary caregivers.
Merrick said these youth are more likely to have problems with drinking, drugs and pregnancy.
“If it weren’t for my friends, I would have committed suicide,” a homeless youth said at the exhibit.
Merrick said she interviewed a homeless youth named RJ and gave him her phone number. Then they became friends and sometimes called each other. But Merrick hasn’t see Rj recently.
“I guess there was no stable place for RJ, and he left from 3rd Street,” Merrick said. “He is not the only one like that.”
She also said she hopes the community as well as youths’ families can make some changes for these youth because the help of community isn’t much as of late.
The exhibit is free and open 8 a.m. — 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, until the end of August.
For more information, contact Merrick at email@example.com
Culture editor Yin Xiao can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org