Youth Homelessness is an epidemic. Over 200,000 youth up to age 24 experience some type of homelessness every year in California, according to the California Homeless Youth Project. And recent reports show that homelessness has increased by about 12 percent among transition age youth, meaning 18-24-year-olds which is demographic served by Covenant House California. California attracts many youth due to the allure of stardom coupled with the warm weather. Estimated 15,000 youth are homeless every night in the Los Angeles area. Young Professional sleepout is necessary because millennials are different givers than their parents and grandparents. But as the Wall Street Journal survey illustrated, they do give to charities and yet, they want to have an experience associated to their giving. The Young professional sleep-out enables the sleeper to listen to youth and learn of their traumatic experiences on the street; experience firsthand what it feels like to sleep in the cold, on a cold ground and wonder about the scary sounds that haunt the night.
Covenant House is more than a shelter. They provide free medical care, as well as, job training and GED prep courses.
Covenant House services over 8000 youth annually; provide more than 140 meals throughout nightly outreach services, and provide over 50,000 nights of care to homeless and at risk-youth.
Who: Young professionals from the age 20-40
When: 6:00pm to 6:00am
Where: CHC – All sleepers will camp out in the CHC parking lot. There will be CHC staff sleeping out and security personal on duty.
Why: To raise funds for CHC to continue to service homeless youth in the Los Angles and the Bay Area. To raise awareness of the rising epidemic of youth homelessness.