It is estimated that there is an average of 2000 homeless youth in Toronto on any given night, 35 000 to 40,000 in Canada a year. The majority of these youth are on the street, forced from their homes, due to physical, sexual or other forms of abuse. A high percentage of these homeless youth, an estimated 40 per cent, identify as LGBTQ2S. Because of their vulnerability, homeless youth are at high risk of sexual exploitation and violence.
On April 5th, armed with nothing more than a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, Audrey Nesbitt (SpinSpirational Marketing & PR), will take on the challenge of sleeping outside on the streets of Toronto so that homeless youth don’t have to. It will be cold. It will be dark. But for one night she will give up the comforts of home knowing her fundraising actions can help bring warmth and brightness to the young people who need it most.
Sleep Out is a unique experiential event taking place in downtown Toronto. Audrey will be one of the many men and women from across different industries doing whatever it takes to fight youth homelessness.
• 43% of homeless youth have reported attempting suicide. Most are fleeing abuse or neglect. Give $250 and provide for 3 visits to Covenant House’s on-site health care clinic where they can see a nurse, doctor or psychiatrist.
• About 40% of homeless youth were under 16 when they first left and may never have known a stable home. Give $500 and provide 6 youth with nutritious meals for an entire week.
• 38% of homeless girls reported being victims of sexual assault. Give $1000 and provide 5 kids with a week’s worth of food, clean clothes and a warm, safe bed.
Thank you for supporting Covenant House Toronto and homeless youth.
The Spin Team