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Shining a Light on the Current Situation in Las Vegas:

Updated: Jun 18

Youth homelessness and human trafficking numbers steadily increasing



In Las Vegas, youth homelessness and human trafficking are critical and interconnected issues that impact many young adults, particularly those transitioning out of foster care, originating from poverty-stricken areas, or facing other disadvantaged circumstances. The statistics paint a troubling picture:


Youth Homelessness in Las Vegas:

  • 2021: Approximately 1,140 unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness

  • 2022: Approximately 1,280 unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness

  • 2023: Approximately 1,475 unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness

  • 2024: Preliminary estimates indicate over 1,500 unaccompanied youth


Human Trafficking Statistics for Las Vegas:

  • 2021: Approximately 150 reported cases (Nevada 248 reported cases)

  • 2022: Approximately 160 reported cases (Nevada 272 reported cases)

  • 2023: Approximately 175 reported cases (Nevada 290 reported cases)




Las Vegas is a city of contrasts, known worldwide for its opulent casinos, vibrant nightlife, and bustling tourism industry. However, beneath the surface of the glittering Strip lies a stark divide between wealth and poverty. The city’s economy heavily relies on tourism, entertainment, and gaming industries, which can create a transient population and unstable living conditions for many residents.

The wealth generated by the casino industry often overshadows the economic struggles faced by a significant portion of the population. Many low-income families and individuals struggle to make ends meet, leading to a high risk of homelessness. The bright lights of the casinos contrast sharply with the harsh realities faced by homeless youth, who find themselves vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking.


Why We Do What We Do

Youth homelessness and trafficking are not just isolated issues; they are societal problems that have far-reaching impacts. When young adults are left without support, they are more likely to fall into cycles of poverty and exploitation, which can lead to long-term consequences for both individuals and communities. Without intervention, these vulnerable young people may turn to survival strategies that can endanger their lives and perpetuate criminal activities.

Failure to address youth homelessness and trafficking also strains public resources. Emergency services, law enforcement, and healthcare systems bear significant burdens when dealing with the repercussions of these issues. By providing support and resources, we not only improve the lives of these young adults but also contribute to the overall well-being and safety of our community.

Investing in these youths ensures a healthier, more stable future for society as a whole. Educated and empowered young adults are more likely to contribute positively to the community, breaking the cycle of poverty and reducing the risk of future generations facing the same challenges.


The Village of Becoming is dedicated to addressing these critical issues through comprehensive programs designed to support young adults in their journey toward independence and success. Our mission is to uplift and assist young adults by providing educational and pragmatic resources that enable them to flourish.


Our Initiatives

Scholarships can be a game-changer for young adults, providing the financial support needed to pursue higher education and achieve their dreams. In the past two years, we have awarded between 10-15 scholarships, each worth around $2,000. These scholarships not only help cover tuition and other educational expenses but also alleviate the financial burdens that often hinder academic progress. Our year-long mentorship program currently has around 30 active mentees. Studies show that young adults with mentors are 55% more likely to enroll in college and 78% more likely to volunteer regularly. Mentorship helps reduce depressive symptoms, improve self-esteem, and provides guidance through personal and professional development. Each mentee is paired with a mentor, and they connect at least once a month to cover various topics crucial for personal and professional development. This mentorship provides guidance, support, and valuable life skills that are essential for success.

The Impact and Intention Academy offers a range of courses designed to help young adults get back on their feet and achieve an independent life. This academy is a program that can be licensed out to other nonprofits, organizations, and individuals, providing valuable resources and support. It is also free for those who are part of our mentorship program.



How Our Initiatives Help



Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness By providing scholarships and financial literacy education, we help young adults gain the skills and resources needed to secure stable housing and achieve financial independence. Our independent living classes further ensure they are prepared to live on their own confidently.


Preventing Human Trafficking Mentorship plays a crucial role in supporting at-risk youth. By offering guidance, emotional support, and practical advice, mentors help young adults navigate the challenges they face, reducing their vulnerability to trafficking. Our comprehensive programs create a safety net for these young adults, empowering them to build secure and successful futures.


Empowering Youth At Village of Becoming, we firmly believe in the potential of every young adult to succeed, irrespective of their background or the challenges faced. Our commitment lies in assisting our youth as they tackle the hurdles of adulthood, working towards a brighter future for themselves and their communities.


The challenges of youth homelessness and human trafficking in Las Vegas are significant, but with dedicated support and comprehensive programs, we can make a difference. The Village of Becoming is committed to providing the resources and guidance needed to empower young adults to overcome these challenges and achieve their dreams. By supporting our mission through donations, volunteering, or spreading awareness, you can help us continue to make a positive impact in the lives of these young individuals. Together, we can build a brighter future for our youth.








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  2. Future Business Journal (2019): Impact of internship programs on professional and personal development of business students: a case study from Pakistan. https://fbj.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s43093-019-0006-0

  3. Harvard Graduate School of Education (2023): Mental Health Challenges of Young Adults Illuminated in New Report. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/22/10/mental-health-challenges-young-adults

  4. HUD.gov (2023): HUD Releases January 2023 Point-in-Time Count Report. https://www.hud.gov

  5. JBJ Soul Foundation (2021): Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Reaches Housing Expansion Campaign Goal Through Community Support Led by Las Vegas Sands and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. https://jbjsf.org

  6. National Network for Youth (2024): New HUD Data Show Dramatic Increase in Youth and Families in Homeless Shelters, Even While Significantly Undercounting Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness.https://nn4youth.org

  7. PLOS ONE (2017): A specialist peer mentoring program for university students on the autism spectrum: A pilot study. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180854

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  9. World Population Review (2024): Homeless Population by State 2024. https://worldpopulationreview.com

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