PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a devotee of both the Camillus House and the Children's Home Society of Florida, Bernard Klepach
is a clear advocate for supporting homeless citizens, especially those who are teens or young adults. Specifically, Klepach believes homeless youth services provide a great advantage to runaway teens and others who live on the street, as they encourage individuals to seek out education, careers and healthier lifestyles. However, while Klepach and many other activists continue to support programs for the homeless, many groups have trouble obtaining funding and backing from local communities. As such, Klepach highlights a recent study from UCSF that may suggest such programs can significantly improve the health and lives of homeless youth.
UCSF states in its report, "Homeless young women may be at greater risk for sexually transmitted infections than homeless young men because of the structure of their social groups and friendships, according to new research from UC San Francisco. The findings underscore how the social networks of homeless youth can be highly influential, affecting their participation in risky and protective behaviors."
Bernard Klepach responds, "This research gives much credence to the programs and individuals who have lent their support to provide housing and beneficial services to homeless youth. While it is a shame that there are so many homeless youth in America, it is important that we continue to provide services to them so that they can avoid developing serious health problems and engaging in illicit activities."
Bernard Klepach believes the extensive evidence provided by UCSF may encourage more individuals and communities to support programs that provide housing and other resources to youth. Specifically, UCSF reports, "The study examined the relationship between STI rates and the characteristics of the social networks of 258 homeless young people ages 15 to 24 in San Francisco. The youth were surveyed about their housing status, risky behaviors and social networks. They also were tested for Chlamydia and gonorrhea. The researchers found that the homeless young women had lower condom use and a higher likelihood of sex with intravenous drug users than the homeless young men. The women also showed a trend toward higher rates of sexually transmitted infections."
More importantly, according to Bernard Klepach, the study found that "homeless young men were more likely than their female counterparts to have contacts with stable housing and same-sex friends. Additionally UCSF reports that "when young men had stably housed contacts in their network, they were more likely to use condoms."
"Housing obviously plays an important role in how homeless youth form their social networks and whether or not they engage in healthy practices. It is my understanding, from the UCSF research, that if young women--and men--were provided greater housing resources and social support, they would develop supportive relationships and be encouraged to refrain from dangerous activities," Bernard Klepach concludes.
changed the very face of the airline industry when he founded his in-flight shopping and duty-free company in 1987. Known to the world as Duty Free Air & Ship Supply (DFASS), his vision allowed passengers to shop for a broad range of luxury products mid-flight and gave airlines a way to offset rising costs. As economies continue to struggle with flat-lining businesses and rising fuel costs, airlines have found an alternative means to supplement their revenue. As a smart and observant businessman, Klepach continually exceeds expectations and challenges himself to reshape the way the flight industry is experienced. Instead of contenting themselves with staring at the back of seats, airplane passengers can now browse print and online catalogs to purchase luxury items at dramatically reduced prices. DFASS Group, boasting approximately 600 employees, provides duty-free retail experiences to customers around the world. DFASS Group operates over 120 distribution and warehouse facilities spread across the globe over 5 continents, reaching approximately 720 million air passengers each year.