It’s estimated that in King County, around 700 people under the age of 25 don’t have permanent housing. Among adolescents in general, LGBTQ youths are more vulnerable to health and psychological problems than heterosexual youths. Many are victims of parental physical abuse, turn to substance abuse, and have both mental and general physical health problems.
Ross Reynolds sits down with three people currently living without permanent housing to talk about what issues they have had to deal with as homeless youth.
Young adults aged 18 to 29 currently account for 21 percent of the eligible voting population. In the last four presidential elections, voter turnout among this population has slowly but steadily risen to almost 51 percent in 2008. Here in Washington state, there are 982,000 eligible youth voters for the 2012 election.
Ross Reynolds talks with Tufts researcher Abby Kiesa about what is getting out the youth vote in this year's election.