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For Homeless Teens, It’s About More Than Right And Wrong

By | October 31, 2013

Judy Ayers, 19, left, and Calesia Monroe, 16, are outreach workers at Alaska Youth Advocates on the second floor of the Downtown Transit Center where they work with homeless teenagers. Photo by Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News.

Judy Ayers, 19, left, and Calesia Monroe, 16, are outreach workers at Alaska Youth Advocates on the second floor of the Downtown Transit Center where they work with homeless teenagers. Photo by Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News.

Homeless teenagers have been in the news a lot lately. Not as individuals, but as a faceless group responsible for crime and vandalism in downtown Anchorage. Anchorage Daily News Columnist Julia O’Malley wrote last summer about two downtown bike police who questioned whether non-profits that serve teenagers aren’t making the problem worse. Earlier this month, she visited one of those non profits to get their side of the story.

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