November is Colorado Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month. A local and national public awareness campaign is conducted to:
- Increase awareness of the issues facing homeless and runaway youth, and
- Educate the public about the solutions and the role they can play in preventing and ending youth homelessness.
Read Governor Hickenlooper's Proclamation for Runaway & Homeless Youth Awareness Month
8 Important Facts about Youth Homelessness that You Should Know
- According to the most recent Homelessness in the Denver Metropolitan Area 2013 Homeless Point-in-time (PIT) Study, there were 921 homeless youth ages 13-24 counted in the Denver Metro area in one day. Approximately 90 shelter beds exist for these youth, meaning only 10% of themy have a safe place to sleep at night. Boulder County accounted for 23% or 213 of the metro area's homeless youth.
- The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act served almost 1,600 homeless school children in Boulder County during the 2011-12 school year.
- 75% of homeless youth do not graduate from high school.
- This vulnerable population has three times the rate of depression, PTSD, and conduct disorder as youth who are not homeless.
- 32% of runaway and homeless youth have attempted suicide at some point in their lives.
- Within 48 hours of running away from home, 30% of Colorado youth will be actively recruited for the purpose of sex and other forms of human trafficking.
- At least 1,500 youth and young adults ages 12 to 25 are homeless in Colorado right now.
- Children make up 27% - the fastest growing segment – of the U.S. homeless population.
How You Can Get Involved:
Thursday November 13th: Join over 100 community and business leaders who will sleep out to raise awareness and support for homeless youth. Each participant pledges to raise $1,000 and will spend the night sleeping outside on the lawn between Attention Homes' adminstrative office and First United Methodist Church near 15th and Spruce in downtown Boulder. Presented in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Boulder. To find out more or register, click HERE.
Four participating restaurants in Boulder are participating in Dine Out Attention on each Wednesday in November.
November 5: Kasa Sushi Grill and Bar (1468 Pearl St.)
November 12: Verde (3070 28th St.)
November 19: Cantina Loredo (1680 29th St.)
November 26: Powder Keg Brewing Company (101 2nd Ave, Niwot)
Attend a community meeting to learn more about local efforts to help runaway and homeless youth.
Engage in conversation and support our advocacy efforts through Shout Out!
Watch the powerful documentary The Homestretch, Mon., Nov. 3rd at 7pm, at Dairy Center for the Arts. The film follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.
November is National Runaway Prevention Month. Porch lights across the country will glow green to show support for runaway youth. Obtain your green light bulb with a $5 suggested donation by visiting us at 1443 Spruce St.
Other Ways You Can Get Involved:
- Donate your status on your favorite social networking site – like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter – to raising awareness of youth homelessness. Direct people to Attention Homes’ website, www.attentionhomes.org/homelessawareness to learn how to help.
- Volunteer with Attention Homes’ Runaway & Homeless Youth Program. Click here for our current list of volunteer opportunities.
National Runaway Switchboard
Colorado & Local:
Attention Homes (Boulder area)
Family Tree Gemini (Metro Denver/Boulder area)
Office of Homeless Youth Services (Statewide)
Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Supportive Housing & Homeless Programs
Comitis Crisis Center (Metro Denver/Aurora area)
Urban Peak (Metro Denver area)
Volunteers of America (Metro Denver Area)