Why Laura's Sleep Out Crew is Sleeping Outside
According to The National Youth Homelessness Survey, "Young people aged 13-24 make up about 20% of those experiencing homelessness in Canada.” That is approximately 35,000-40,000 young people a year and 6,000-7,000 who are looking for a safe place to sleep tonight.
Let that sink in for a minute.
I don’t know about you, but this information breaks my heart and beyond that I find it disturbing. How can this be? What has happened in these young lives that causes them to be without housing?
Myself and some friends have formed a team to join together with Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited to raise support and awareness around the topic of Youth Homelessness. We are sleeping out on the street for one night on November 19th.
How is it that sleeping outside and talking about all this can make a difference? Well, in addition to shedding a light on the sad but true facts that cause youth homelessness, the National Youth Survey above also sheds light on some factors that can help create change:
“Positive relations with family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, and meaningful adults are all assets that help young people move into adulthood in a healthy way. Our study found that many homeless youth stay connected with these ‘natural supports’ while homeless, and that these supports are important to them.”
Through the work that I have the privilege to do as a Youth Worker and Mentor at Lifeteams, I can be one of these “natural supports” in vulnerable youths lives. But so can you! Through conversation, different understanding, and financially supporting those already doing the work you can make a difference.
Want to join us in the movement towards change for youth without homes? Help us meet our goal of $10,000 this year for our sleep out!