VIDEOGRAPHER: KAELYN LYNCH
PART TWO OF A THREE-PART VIDEO SERIES ON YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN NEW MEXICO
Substance abuse is one of the largest co-occurring factors in youth homelessness. Yet, New Mexico lacks treatment facilities to help housing insecure youth struggling with addiction. Serenity Mesa in Albuquerque, one of the only programs in the state that serves unhoused young people, takes an unconventional approach to help their clients cope not only with addiction, but the underlying causes of it.
Read the complete story with all three videos: Not enough beds, services for homeless youth in New Mexico
Watch each video separately:
• Watch Part One — Tackling youth homelessness in New Mexico
• Watch Part Two — “Serenity Mesa” ‘I try my hardest’: Homeless youth fight substance abuse in New Mexic
• Watch Part Three — “Casa Q” ‘There’s no safe place’: One queer youth shelter serves all of New Mexico
This story originally published June 20, 2022, on Youth Today.