What does youth homelessness look like?
You can't always tell. Kids with backpacks, walking down the street---could be any kid. And our numbers show that a few thousand youth in New Hampshire experienced homelessness last year. Some are in school. Some have jobs. Some are escaping abusive or neglectful homes, and some have been rejected from their own families for being different. Some struggle with trauma or mental illness, and others still, with addiction. Some are hungry, cold, and scared. Some are taking desperate measures to survive. And most of them are flying under the radar of their own communities.
On March 22, I will be representing Elliot Hospital and participating with Waypoint at the annual SleepOut to raise our community consciousness about youth homelessness, raise funds to aid and advocate for these youth, and get another step closer to ending youth homelessness in New Hampshire.
Please help me to support this cause for the youth of our community! I will experience a night outdoors with other community members to help raise money toward this cause, in an attempt to improve the living situations for the homeless youth in Manchester.
For more information about Waypoint and their efforts, please check out their website for this event at www.crowdrise.com/sleepout2019