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December 2, 2019
Step-Up and Sleep-Out to End Youth Homelessness
In the St. Louis area, 45 percent of homeless youth have been turned away from shelters due to lack of capacity. These youth reported sleeping outside, in a vacant building, in a car and in unsafe situations. One of Youth In Need’s core missions is to help these youth find safety, hope and success in life. By “stepping up” or “sleeping out,” you can be a partner in providing hope for these youth.
Step up and create your personal fundraising page. Why is youth homelessness an important issue to you? Share your message and your page with friends and family via email and social media. (We even have a nifty tool-kit to help you craft your message!) Get started here.
Sleep out to advocate for homeless youth on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Sleep-out is an opportunity hosted by Youth In Need’s Young Professionals Group to raise funds and advocate for homeless youth by encouraging participants to give up the comforts of home to sleep outside for one night.
Join the Young Professionals Group beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Youth In Need's office in St. Charles. BYOSB (Bring Your Own Sleeping Bag)! Register to sleep-out today!
Together, we can end youth homelessness.
Celebrate Giving Tuesday with Us
There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and don’t forget Giving Tuesday—a worldwide movement to redefine the giving spirit! Celebrate Giving Tuesday with Youth In Need tomorrow, Dec. 3, by making a gift to support the Transitional Living Program (TLP). Your support will provide bus passes, gas cards, uniforms and clothing for work as well as assist with educational expenses.
A group home and supported living apartments, TLP offers teens and young adults, ages 16 to 21, who are experiencing homelessness an opportunity to learn independent-living skills and to work towards educational and employment goals and become self-sufficient community members.
Pat’s Chat: Season of Gratitude
As you can probably imagine, many of the young people who come to Youth In Need have experienced significant trauma, loss, stress and challenges that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. They’ve had to grow up way too fast, and while our job is to help them transition to adulthood, we also know that sometimes they just need to be kids. Recently, they got to do just that! As we reflect on giving gratitude this holiday season, I’d like to share what Kristi Hammond, Associate Director RHY West, wrote about this wonderful late October day.
“I wanted to send a quick, but huge thank you to the people who were able to get the James A. Braun Big IDEA Award established this year, especially to Pam (Jim’s wife) and the Braun family. This Sunday, Janae King, one of the recipients of the 2019 award, used the prize money to take the Transitional Living Program (TLP) youth and staff to Six Flags for the day! (A committee of staff and Board volunteers established the James A. Braun Big IDEA Award as a way to honor the former President and CEO’s life of service to Youth In Need and the community.)
A few highlights include:
- We were able to purchase 17 tickets for 10 youth and seven staff to attend.
- A recent youth that transitioned out, the newest “TLP Alumni” was able to attend with us.
- We saw courage, as youth faced nervousness and excitement standing next to many of the roller coasters.
- We saw trust—in themselves, in the staff, in their peers, hearing “I will go on it, only if you go with me.”
- We saw team building, watching our riders grab onto one another during the “heights, dips and twists” of rides.
- We saw genuine laughter and joy, watching youth exit many of the rides feeling all the adrenaline.
- We experienced youth who “just got to be…teenagers and hangout with their friends.”
- We heard youth say, “This was the best day I have had in a while,” and were so appreciative throughout the day.
- The majority of the youth were up by 6:45 a.m. and “ready to go,” full of excitement (even though Six Flags didn’t open until noon).
We were part of a group of 17 people sharing an experience that was once in a lifetime. Thank you, Jim. Thank you, on behalf of the TLP program.”
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” —Melody Beattie
Boatload of Toys Kicks Off This Weekend
Don’t forget: Boatload of Toys kicks off at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 7, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 8, at Bass Pro Shops in St. Charles. 93.7 The Bull hosts the 10th annual drive, spending the weekend outside to collect toys, hygiene items, clothing and sporting goods for Youth In Need. Stop by to say hi, and bring a new, unwrapped item from Youth In Need’s wish list of most needed items.