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Question Underage and homeless - March 25th 2014, 01:05 PM

Do not feel sorry for me, okay? I am homeless and underage and I need a job any advice?
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 25th 2014, 05:50 PM

Hey there,

so, first of it would probably be good to find a place to stay at. You are more likely to get employed, if you at least have a roof over your head.
Well, as for the job. I guess it entirely depends on the country you live in and how old you are exactly, like, here you are still underaged with 16 but allowed to work easy jobs or start an apprenticeship.
A few jobs that I know of, that would most likely be available for underaged people are delivering newspaper, work at restaurants, malls and such.
Also, if you are old enough maybe you could find an apprenticeship? Sure it may not be what you wanted to do with your life, but it pays.
Good luck for you! I really hope you will find something!


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Re: Underage and homeless - March 25th 2014, 10:19 PM

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so, first of it would probably be good to find a place to stay at. You are more likely to get employed, if you at least have a roof over your head.
Well, as for the job. I guess it entirely depends on the country you live in and how old you are exactly, like, here you are still underaged with 16 but allowed to work easy jobs or start an apprenticeship.
A few jobs that I know of, that would most likely be available for underaged people are delivering newspaper, work at restaurants, malls and such.
Also, if you are old enough maybe you could find an apprenticeship? Sure it may not be what you wanted to do with your life, but it pays.
Good luck for you! I really hope you will find something!
But you have to have money to have a roof over your head and i have neither of those things
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 25th 2014, 11:07 PM

If you can, I strongly suggest you return home and then attempt to put your energy and time into studying in order to get a scholarship. At fourteen, you do have a chance to turn your grades around. If you can get a scholarship, then you can move off to a university.

The alternative isn't that good. There is a reason why many homeless teenagers end up dead or on drugs. At fourteen, how will you support yourself? There are not many legal options for a minor under 16. The outlook is grim if you do not return home or find a shelter or program in your area.
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 25th 2014, 11:27 PM

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If you can, I strongly suggest you return home and then attempt to put your energy and time into studying in order to get a scholarship. At fourteen, you do have a chance to turn your grades around. If you can get a scholarship, then you can move off to a university.

The alternative isn't that good. There is a reason why many homeless teenagers end up dead or on drugs. At fourteen, how will you support yourself? There are not many legal options for a minor under 16. The outlook is grim if you do not return home or find a shelter or program in your area.
That's just the thing my "mother" will not take me back. I was Pregnant and lost the baby 6 weeks into the pregnancy. It does not help that she is a christian and doesnt believe in homosexuality. 1 i dont believe in god and i am Bi sexual. so she hates my guts
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 26th 2014, 02:00 AM

Hi Jamie,

Legally, your mother cannot throw you out. It's considered child endangerment. It doesn't really sound like a great environment from what you've said. In many states there you can dial 211 on the phone to speak to an operator. Just tell them that you don't have anywhere to stay, your age, and anything else they ask. From there, they'll determine the next steps but it likely would be to meet with a social worker and then meet with your mother and the social worker.

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Re: Underage and homeless - March 26th 2014, 10:34 PM

Hi Jamie, it sounds like you are in quite a predictament. One of my best friends ended up being homeless for a while when she was 16 - she moved in with a friend. Is that an option for you? If not I strongly recommend finding a shelter, if there isn't one in your community find one near by, women's shelters will take women, children, teenagers and sometimes even men if he has children with him! If you called them and explained what was going on they'd probably even send someone to pick you up. At least this way you won't have to resort to staying in worse places (not sure where you've been sleeping lately).

Lots of people start finding work even when they're living situation is unstable, so please do not let that be a deterrent to finding a job. You can always give them your parents address for now, they probably won't know you aren't actually staying there OR give them the address of the women's shelter and/or your friends house. Unless they're well versed with the shelters they're not likely to know and it's discrimination if they make that a factor.

You also need a resume, that's #1, but I'll come back to that.

Also, you need to try to stay calm. The best thing to do would be to go in to grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, and other retail establishments and ask for an application. If you can talk to a manager that would be good, that way you can ask them directly if they are hiring, ask for what positions and what they're looking for. Now this is where the "stay calm part" comes in. You should tell them that like "look, I'm in a tight spot financially, and I need to be employed as soon as possible, I have my resume and would like to fill out an application, I would appreciate it if you could give me a call as soon as possible." Try to avoid family problems if you can unless you are comfortable and know the person: telling a stranger what's going on might end badly if they misunderstand or judge unfairly, but make it clear that you really need it because you've got stuff going on.

As for a resume, you might not have a lot right now - put your school on there, if you volunteer, are in a band (school band or something) or play sports on there and explain why they make you responsible and reliable. I can help you with this




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Re: Underage and homeless - March 27th 2014, 01:53 AM

What state or country are you in? I am going to go out on a limb and guess the US. If you're not in the US, then my information probably does not apply to you.

If you are in the US, I recommend calling the National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929. http://www.1800runaway.org/ At the least, just talk to them regardless of whether you've run away yet or are planning to.

If I remember correctly, in the US you have to attend school till you're sixteen and then the states vary on when you can drop out.

At fourteen, the legal jobs are almost none. There are strict laws regarding when and how often you can work. Since there have been crackdowns on having undocumented workers so most places will not touch you without the proper ID and SS card in the US and if you look young, they won't touch you. Another issue is that the people who may have once looked away and hired you illegally are less likely to do that with the economy being bad.

Your best bet is either to return home or find a shelter for runaway teens. There was a time when teenagers were more likely able to runaway and start a new life, but those chances are slim now. Especially at fourteen. Legally you cannot do much at fourteen and you are setting yourself up for a dangerous situation. How will you feed yourself? How will you provide a shelter over your head? Legally, you cannot afford enough to pay for all of life's expenses such as shelter, food, and basic necessities.

Many teenagers who do stay on the street without anywhere to go end up in bad situations. In my town, we have a police officer who is involved on an FBI task force because of the trafficking of young teenagers through the area that I live in. Teenagers who run away can find themselves in extremely bad situations. Addicted to drugs, sex trafficked, beaten, robbed, murdered, etc. When you're on the run, you're in a vulnerable situation.

If you are in the US, I recommend calling the National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929. http://www.1800runaway.org/ At the least, just talk to them regardless of whether you've run away yet or are planning to.
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 27th 2014, 01:58 AM

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What state or country are you in? I am going to go out on a limb and guess the US. If you're not in the US, then my information probably does not apply to you.

If I remember correctly, in the US you have to attend school till you're sixteen and then the states vary on when you can drop out.

At fourteen, the legal jobs are almost none. There are strict laws regarding when and how often you can work. Since there have been crackdowns on having undocumented workers. most places will not touch you without the proper ID and if you look young, they won't touch you. Another issue is that the people who may have once looked away and hired you illegally are less likely to do that with the economy being bad.

If you are in the US, I recommend calling the National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929. http://www.1800runaway.org/ At the least, just talk to them regardless of whether you've run away yet or are planning to.
I did contact them a few weeks ago. I got caught and i got hit by my mom. And yes i am in the US
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 27th 2014, 02:07 AM

Contact them again. What state are you in?
   
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I ahve contacted them many time and no help. I live in FL. my ma would kill me if i would contact them again
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 27th 2014, 02:25 AM

Contact them and explain the situation. Explain what happened after you contacted them the last time. Ask to get the family services involved too (850) 922-4324)
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 27th 2014, 02:31 AM

I did that..... Just last month but they could not do anything.... I cant call them anymore my ma checks my phone logs...
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 27th 2014, 02:38 AM

Have you run away or are you planning on running away? If you have already run away, call them from a payphone otherwise use the live chat function on the website.

http://www.1800runaway.org/contact/
   
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Re: Underage and homeless - March 29th 2014, 01:21 AM

Use another phone. And contact CPS




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