New Teen Bright Space Opens in Canada
Homelessness can be especially difficult for teenagers, leading to severe anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Teens report feeling unsafe in adult shelters, and yet they often feel out of place in family shelters, too old for the younger children’s activities and yet too young for the help offered for adults. Without a welcoming room designed especially to engage them and support their emotional needs, teens needing more autonomy may leave the safety of the shelter and head back to the “independence” of the streets, which can be disastrous for the teen and for their family.
“I was fortunate to meet a few of the youth,” said Bright Horizons Regional Manager Fatima Taveres, who worked on the space. “They are beside themselves with excitement.”