youth econ situation, homelessness


  • Videos featuring stories of homeless young people
  • Readings on widening economic disparities facing young adults in the U.S.
  • Reading response notes


  1.  Young Homeless Girl Sleeps Outside in Winnipeg, Canada.  Invisible People. Oct 24, 2017

2.  Young Homeless Woman Shares about Surviving on Venice Beach Los Angeles.  Invisible People. Oct 15, 2018.

3.  Lanette is a homeless veteran living in her car  Invisible People. Feb 23, 2017


1. Jordan Weissmann. Highly Educated, Highly Indebted: The Lives of Today’s 27-Year-Olds, In Charts. The Atlantic. January 25, 2014.

2.   Edward Helmore. The American Dream? Top 20% Pulling Away From the Rest, Study Finds. Guardian UK. June 4, 2017.

3.  Jennifer M. Silva.  Young and Isolated.  New York Times, June 22, 2013. .

4.  Sam Pizzigati. America’s miserable economy may be ruining your love life. Alternet, February 13, 2014.

5..  Jillian Berman.  All the ways student debt exacerbates racial inequality. MarketWatch, July 18, 2019.


  1.  What are your responses to the interviews with homeless young people?  Your understanding of root causes of homelessness?  What does this have to do with youth, democracy, and the commons?  The entertainment industries?
  2.  In a few sentences summarize the readings.  What’s the story they tell?  Include some important details.  Then offer your thoughts and how it resonates with your experience.
  3.  How do the entertainment industries represent (or not) the story told in these readings?  In what ways does the economic story of young adults get told in the diverse media streams you follow?  How does this story contrast with some prevailing media depictions of youth?

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