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Youth Homelessness in the United States

Project by Polygence alum Ella

Youth Homelessness in the United States

Project's result

Paper submitted for consideration to the Colombia Junior Science Journal

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This literature review examines youth homelessness in the United States from the late twentieth century to present day. This paper identifies the categories of youth who are most susceptible to experiencing youth homelessness, such as those who identify as LQBTQ+ and/or BIPOC. This paper also looks at the causes of homelessness, including youth who have experienced/witnessed domestic violence, as well as how the foster care system can play a role in homelessness. Finally, current housing solutions such as Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing are identified and explained.



Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Psychology, Social Science




Hello! My name is Ella Green and I'm from Miami, Florida. I chose to write a literature review on youth homelessness in the United States. I am passionate about helping those in need in my community, and my ultimate goal is to make an impact in ending homelessness, particularly youth homelessness, in any way possible. I have completed my literature review and submitted it to Colombia University's Junior Science Journal to potentially be published.


Miami Country Day School

Graduation Year


Project review

“The aspects of Polygence which met my expectations were the work load, the helpfulness of my mentor, and the knowledge I gained from writing a paper on youth homelessness”

About my mentor

“My mentor helped me when I did not understand a certain topic/idea and when I was stuck on a topic I was writing.”