The kNOw Weighs In: Fresno Needs To Do More For Homeless Youth

In Fresno County alone, there are 5,088 registered students who are homeless. Of those youth, only 280 are served by the Sanctuary Youth Shelter and only 12-16 are served by the Sanctuary Transitional Shelter. That leaves 4,792 young people without a home.

This November, the first official Runaway and Homeless Youth Month following the passage of SCR 161 this year, The kNOw and Women Empowered are joining together to challenge the people of Fresno to do more for the youth who are on the streets without shelter or support.

The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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