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Survival on the streets for homeless kids

This fun, fast-paced magazine radio program for kids debuted in 1979, the UN's International Year of the Child. Aimed at those aged seven to 14, the program tackled weighty issues such as teen pregnancy, drugs and nuclear power, interspersed with trivia, music, radio plays and more. Kids were heavily involved in the show, conducting interviews, giving news reports and book reviews. Anybody Home? ran until June 1983.

CBC reporter Molly Hughes talks to "Judith," a Saint John teen whose parents made her leave home. Homeless for two months, she endured physical abuse and heartbreak in her time on the streets. Now back with her parents, Judith sits down in this 1979 clip to talk about the dangers, the friendships and surviving life when you're homeless.
• The RCMP reported 66,548 kids went missing in 2005. Of those, over 63,000 were runaways or kids like Judith who left home for other reasons.

• Homeless youth are 11 times more likely to die than any other young people, according to the American Medical Association. The AMA found HIV/AIDS infection, depression and  substance abuse as the leading "predictors of death," although most deaths are attributed to suicide.

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: Nov. 24, 1979
Host: David Schatzky
Interviewer: Molly Hughes
Duration: 5:11
Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/Rhienna Cutler

Last updated: March 20, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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