The Covenant House 2017 Top Ten
Our writing team has been hard at work this year to share stories from inside — and outside — our houses. Here are our 10 most popular posts in 2017, plus one that most of our visitors missed.
- Largest-ever research studies find one-fifth of surveyed homeless youth in the United States and Canada are victims of human trafficking
Researchers announced findings today from the largest-ever combined sample of homeless youth in the United States and Canada, revealing that nearly one-fifth are victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both.
- Don’t Call Kids Prostitutes
While technically posted in December of 2016, this post was constantly referenced in 2017. Call them sex slaves, rape victims, or exploited children. But kids too young to give consent to sex should not be referred to with a word that implies that they chose this line of work or receive any benefit from it.
- Covenant House Brings Mission to Chicago
The bright-eyed staff of Covenant House was assembled early one morning in April and set to get to work helping homeless young people.
- Every Day is Thanksgiving Day
At Covenant House, while long, dark autumn nights descend outside, hundreds of homeless youth will take their seats around our tables on Thanksgiving Day and share what they are grateful for.
- Two Anti-Trafficking Bills to Cheer For
A Wednesday announcement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. that his office secured a human trafficking conviction against Michael Lamb for preying on homeless youth at Covenant House is very welcome news.
- Uniting in Love is Our Way Forward
This November 2016 post remained one of our most popular throughout 2017. At Covenant House, our kids wake up in a space that is filled with hope and love — no matter what.
- UN Panel Discusses Child Trafficking Across the Globe
Covenant House's Director of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives Jayne Bigelsen attended a conference at the United Nations on the causes and possible solutions to international child trafficking.
- We Know How to Prevent Youth Suicide. And We Must.
News reports show that hospitalizations resulting from suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among children ages 5 to 17 doubled between 2008 and 2015, with 15- to 17-year-olds showing the greatest increase. And homeless youth are three times more likely to attempt suicide.
- A New Place of Empowerment and Hope for Our Kids
Exciting new doors of opportunity opened for our kids at Covenant House New York with the opening of the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc. Learning Lab.
- Hurricane, Earthquake Update
A year-end update on our Florida, Texas, and Mexico programs as we rebuild from the hurricanes and earthquakes that struck our shelters.
And here’s our best-kept-secret of the year: a video post on Offering Dignity for Homeless Children on the Streets of Honduras. Our colleagues and supporters at the Casa Alianza homeless shelter in Tegucigalpa, led by Isabella Arévallo and our street outreach experts, have developed a unique program to bring dignity to the impoverished and homeless children of Honduras.