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A Determined Advocate Creates an App for Homeless Youth

Monday, April 03, 2017

by Alicia Green

"Legacee Medina knows firsthand what it’s like to be homeless. During her adolescence, and as recently as last year, the 32-year-old struggled with homelessness in New York City. Her understanding of the plight of homeless individuals inspired her to develop Legacee Kares, a resource app for local youth in need.

'Legacee Kares was created so young people could find food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing rooms and job training programs that pay them,' says the Brooklyn native.

According to Medina, the app also gives youth ages 16 to 24 confidential access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill used to prevent HIV, in the palm of their hands. Additionally, it provides information for LGBTQ youth, such as where to find legal and health services and a list of drop-in centers.

'Google is not always the best resource when you’re looking for something,' Medina adds. 'On the Legacee Kares app, you can literally call the agency; you can look up the directions and the website all in one place.'"

Read the full article here.

For more information and resources on youth homelessness, see our Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit.