Youth and Adult Collaboration in Working to Make Youth Homelessness Brief, One-time and Non-recurring in Alameda County

Sahra Nawabi (Youth Lead, Alameda County’s Youth Advisory Board) & Hannah Moore (Youth
Services Program Manager, Alameda County Office of Homelessness Coordination


Sahra (pronounced SAH- RO) Nawabi is Alameda County’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) youth lead. The YAB is a body of youth who have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness. The group advises on policy, programs and funding in Alameda County’s homeless response system. 


Artwork from the Alameda County Youth Advisory Board

In honor of National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness and Prevention Month

Housing is a Human Right by Jace

Long Way Home by Tammy Nguyen

How Are We To Live (Haiku) by Isaac Lira

Flip It! by Anonymous

Blessings Come Down by Adonnia Gray

Covenant House by Ray Corona


From Foster Care to Activism

by Sabrina Abong

My name is Sabrina Catherine Abong. I am 26, a homeowner, a single mom, and a Tesla worker. I want to create systemic change. I first entered foster care when I was 3 years old and re-entered care between the ages of 13 to 21. During my time in care, it was rough going to different homes and high schools. I’ve had the opportunity to have my biological parents come back,


Story of My Life

by Derrickson

My name is Derrickson and I have a long story to tell. But to cut it short, I will just say that my journey to the United States of America was the scariest moment of my life. I was 16 years old when I lost my dad. I lived with my friend’s parents for three years, along with my little sister who is 7 years of age. I had to drop out of school because of my money situation,


Knew Ya/The Impossible Show

by Isaiah Clark

Knew Ya

Don’t act like it’s a past life
It was prolly last night
You would always gasp like
Every time that I cried

Had me fuckin capsized
I don’t need it baptized
I don’t need more time, aight
nothing ever lasts, right

I saw a flower in flight
and wonder if I ever knew ya