Kevin is a homeless youth living in a Chicago youth shelter. Kevin’s mother kicked him out when he was 15 years-old, and he spent the next few years couch surfing. At 17, Kevin went and moved in with his dad, where he says they both put a lot of their feelings in a bottle. When that relationship exploded, Kevin found himself back out in the streets.
Kevin shares a candid story of sleeping outside and the realities of being a homeless youth.
When I asked Kevin what his future was like, he responded that he had been in so many places the last 3 years – that he didn’t know, but at 18 Kevin is a young man with a world of experience. You only have to listen to him for a short time to know he’s on a good path now, and if he stays the course, Kevin will do just fine.
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Since its launch in November 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The vlog (video blog) gets up close and personal with veterans, mothers, children, layoff victims and others who have been forced onto the streets by a variety of circumstances. Each week, they’re on InvisiblePeople.tv, and high traffic sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, proving to a global audience that while they may often be ignored, they are far from invisible.
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