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I'm Sleeping on the Streets so Homeless Youth Don't Have To

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Organization: Covenant House 

Objective: Raising money for Homeless Youth 

Date: Sleep out March 18th 2016 

What you can do: DONATE NOW 

My name is Kirsten Corley. I am 23 years old living in NJ and working in NYC. Currently I sit on the Associates Board in both states to fundraise for the homeless youth of Covenant House. Myself, and a group of young professionals, will spend one night sleeping on the streets of NY or NJ with only a sleeping bag and a box. 

We are trying to raise awareness in the community of the problem that is homelessness among our youth both in NY and NJ. 

Goals of Covenant House 

“To prevent and break the cycle of chronic adult homelessness and bridge the gap of support in the lives of our youth, Covenant House New York has a comprehensive Continuum of Care characterized by the coordination and integration of a range of services including: crisis care and shelter; transitional living; health care; employment and job readiness training; educational support and GED preparation; legal services; street outreach; aftercare and drop-in; and more.”  

Facts about youth homelessness

  • 57% of homeless kids spend at least one day every month without food.

  • In the United States, as many as 20,000 kids are forced into prostitution by human trafficking networks every year.

  • According to a study of youth in shelters, nearly 50% reported intense conflict or physical harm by a family member as a major contributing factor to their homelessness.

  • More than 25% of former foster children become homeless within two to four years of leaving the system.

  • 50% of adolescents aging out of foster care and juvenile justice systems will be homeless within six months because they are unprepared to live independently and have limited education and no social support.

  • Almost 40% of the homeless in the United States are under 18.

To raise this money, I have set up a fundraising page, before my sleep out. 

I have accepted the Covenant House challenge, where after the sleep out, I will be participating in the NYC Half Marathon. 

To fundraise I have hosted parties and am using my birthday as leverage to throw an even bigger one. All proceeds I make at this party will be going towards my page. 

The St Paddys/Birthday party will be Saturday Feb 20th @ St Stephens Pub in Spring Lake New Jersey @ 9:00.  

We have the band, “The Snakes,” performing, as well as a photographer taking pictures of the an event you will regret missing. 

Even if you do not know me personally, all are welcome. 

You can find out more about my fundraising page as well as the event below. 

http://covhou.convio.net/site/TR?px=2130656&pg=personal&fr_id=1675

https://www.facebook.com/events/461954907335038/

For more information email me at KirstenOCorley@gmail.com 

I hope to see you all there! 

Sincerely, 

Kirsten 

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