Project STRIVE is a family-based intervention for homeless and runaway youth that was developed in 2004 at UCLA.  STRIVE aims to improve residential stability and the quality of residential life, to reduce the number of runaway episodes, and to minimize HIV-related sexual and substance use risk behaviors for youth between ages 12 to 17. 

Targeting newly homeless youth, the STRIVE program was initially developed and implemented as a five-session, family-based behavioral intervention model to address family conflict and promote positive family-child interactions. STRIVE sessions took place with families while youth were still in shelters and/or being served by community agencies, as well as when they transitioned back to the home.  The results showed positive outcomes for reducing HIV risk behaviors and improving mental health.

STRIVE is currently being adapted for adolescents who are re-entering communities from the juvenile justice system.

Email the Principal Investigator, Norweeta Milburn, for more information

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