Young Lawyers Division, 1019 UTBJ, Vol. 32, No. 5. 58

AuthorErika M. Larsen, J.
PositionVol. 32 5 Pg. 58

Young Lawyers Division

No. Vol. 32 No. 5 Pg. 58

Utah Bar Journal

October, 2019

September, 2019


Erika M. Larsen, J.

Each year, teenagers across Utah look forward to getting "dolled-up," leaving their cares behind, and dancing the night away at their annual school prom dances. Meanwhile, during the same year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults nationwide will experience homelessness, of which 700,000 are unaccompanied minors. See Youth Homeless Overview, National Conference of State Legislatures, available at research/human-services/ homeless-and-run-away-youth.aspx (last visited August 1,2019). And at least one in thirty adolescents ages thirteen to seventeen experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year. See id. For these teenagers and young adults facing homelessness and other stability concerns, it can be hard to find the time and resources to participate in the quintessential youth milestone that is prom.

Every year, Project Street Youth, a Young Lawyers Division committee, works with local sponsors and the Volunteers of America to host a prom dance for youth facing homelessness to enjoy at the Youth Resource Center located at 888 West 900 South, in Salt Lake City. Community sponsors, attorneys, and other community members donate formal dresses, hair and makeup services, and suits and other formal wear - not only for the event, but also for these at-risk youth to utilize permanently for job interviews and other professional endeavors.

The overall goal of Project Street Youth is to work in conjunction with the Volunteers of America to educate and raise awareness about legal, economic, social, and other issues...

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