Homeless Students From New York Visit Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of homeless high school students from New York visited Philadelphia on Sunday as part of a program that helps young people in transition.

For some, the all-inclusive trip was a life-changing experience.

“I think it’s wonderful. A lot of us haven’t come outside of New York. And we never saw mummies. Some of us didn’t even know it existed and it’s wonderful. It’s one of my wildest dreams,” said 21-year-old Shakeima Johnson.

“These are all homeless teens, but they are now in transitional, independent living programs, which means they have made it all the way through the crisis part of being homeless and young in New York City into a transitional program that will transition them into independent living in the city,” explained Marie Martin with the Student Youth Travel Association.”

“I love it so far. I mean this trip is very exciting. I love it. It’s inspiration. I’m learning a lot,” said 21-year-old Hermon Joseph.

The Philly tour included a visit to the Franklin Institute, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center and Ben Franklin’s grave – and wrapped up the day on the Spirit of Philadelphia.

Reported by Suzanne Monaghan, KYW Newsradio.

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  • Charmaine Hurst

    First of all what happened for these young people to be homeless? Where are their parents? What happened to their parents for their children to be homeless? Do they have family such as grandparents, aunts cousins,etc?I really know for sure this is heart breaking for your child to be homeless and living on the streets! This is unheard of and should not happened.I read they are in a transitional living program.Does this mean they live in apartments or some sort of group home ? I hope these students over come completly of living homeless and become sucessful in what they do in life.This should not happened to children.If there were problems at home that may have caused them to run away.There are programs and places for youths to go to,if they are willing and trust. Good luck to all of the students!

    • Robin A Kelley

      Oprah & other celebs should focus their money & influence on kids like this – versus kids in Africa. THAT’S why we (US) have homeless kids. NO ONE CARES! Or else they care about things outside of our country.

      • Nostromo

        Hear, hear.

    • Nostromo

      They’re homeless as a symptom of our age; the broken families, the jobless, the rootless. Families have been scattered to the Four Corners of the Earth and these disparate threads are unable to construct a strong foundation where youth can be nurtured and flourish. This is a part of the high back-end cost of delivering industries overseas.

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