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Think Dignity's mission is to inspire, empower, and organize our community to advance basic dignity for those living on the streets. Think Dignity provides a way for citizens like you to become hands-on change agents in San Diego. Our strength lies in our collaborative, volunteer-based model. Each of us doing our small part makes a big difference, and working together can make the world a better place. We mobilize our community partners and volunteers to accomplish our collective goals. Our success story is not grandiose, but comes from small steps taken every day. We call this micro-activism at its finest. The model is simple: We hold monthly open forums at the Basic Dignity Coalition to discuss issues impacting our community. Upon identifying the issue, we gather information and conduct on-the-ground research. From there, we craft community-based solutions to the challenge, including coalition building, organizing, and advocacy. One of these programs is The Homeless Youth Legal and Advocacy Project (HYLAP). There are an estimated 200,000 youth ages 12-17 who experience homelessness every year in California. HYLAP addresses criminal defense issues that are hindering homeless youth from positive growth and our advocacy provides them with emotional support as they face legal challenges, connect those who have been recently displaced with medical and mental health services that will help them back on their feet, and aid with job resources to secure employment.