Youth in the Toils

Youth in the Toils

Youth in the Toils

Youth in the Toils

Excerpt

In presenting to the public this study, "Youth in the Toils," it is appropriate to state briefly its origin and purpose.

Seven years ago two of the leading non-sectarian family welfare agencies in New York City-the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor and the Charity Organization Society-recognized the increasingly serious problem presented by homeless boys and the lack of specialized services for meeting their needs. Accordingly, they jointly organized the Boys Bureau which has since operated as a department of the two organizations in caring for homeless and unattached boys 16 to 21 years of age. From the first, the Boys Bureau has met daily the many personal problems faced by boys who have been in trouble, without homes, funds, or jobs. When needed, food, lodging in wholesome surroundings, clothing and incidentals have been provided. In addition, through its staff of trained and experienced workers, help has been offered in working out the deep complex problems of human relations, of strained emotions, lost courage, broken faith and lowered morale-the intensely personal things which are not so simple as material assistance but so much more important.

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