The Youth Council at The Source meets every Tuesday night and has over 10 members. The purpose of this council is to brainstorm activities, suggest topics that would be helpful for them to explore, provide input on our programs & available resources, and much more.
Most recently, they have started working on a promotional video for The Source to share and encourage their peers to visit and utilize our services. Making a video of any length takes a lot of organizing and effort. Last week, they encouraged others to be part of the project and started planning. They interviewed current clients, carefully planned camera views, and began filming.
This week at the Youth Council meeting they reviewed all of their footage and brainstormed the overall sequence of the video. When asked why they think Youth Council is important, the group discussed the opportunity to work with a team, gain leadership skills, and the benefit of learning about journalism and media arts through this film project.
We are fortunate to have youth who are truly invested in Attention Homes and the success of not only themselves, but their peers as well!
November is National Homeless & Runaway Youth Awareness Month, and while many of us see the changing aspens as a sign of “football season” and “sweater weather”, another reality is that this time of year is a sign of potential struggles for those that don’t have a safe place to sleep at night.
Every Autumn, we see an increase in youth and young adults in our drop-in and shelter programs. In fact, this year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of young people coming into our programs in the past month. Our shelter is currently on a wait list of more than 10 people.
Coloradans will joke about how summer seems to turn into winter in the blink of an eye, but for those that are unstably housed, a short transition to colder weather can be a real emergency.
Our street outreach teams are working hard to build the trust and relationships that will help connect people to the services they need as the season changes. In our shelter and drop-in center we continue to do all that we can to help youth and young adults find stable housing.
Attention Homes’ 7th Annual Sleep Out is right around the corner & we are challenging YOU to Sleep Out on Thursday, November 8th!
A unique fundraiser, Sleep Out provides a life-changing experience where participants pledge to raise funds and sleep outside downtown on a cold November night. This event breaks down barriers and brings our community together as we experience, for one night, some of the harsh realities facing hundreds of homeless youth in Colorado every night. Sleepers spread awareness and build support by asking friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to join them or support their fundraising efforts.
Take part in this special effort to raise funds & awareness for the critical life-saving programs that Attention Homes provides for youth in crisis in our community!