Alexa Carson

Alexa Carson has a Masters in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.

  • Leaving the Streets

    Stories of Canadian Youth

    By Alexa Carson, Phillip Clement, Katie Crane and Jeff Karabanow     September 2010

    Youth between sixteen and twenty-four are considered the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in Canada. While much has been written about street engagement and street culture, little attention has been paid to how youth move away from the street. Giving prominence to the voices of the street youth themselves, Leaving the Streets explores the attempts of street youth to exit street life, examining the motivations and challenges, as well as the supports and barriers that aid and hurt the youth through this process. From shelters and programs to mental health and drug use, this book examines the services that are available, and those that should be available, to help street youth find housing, income and the strength needed to start a new life.

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