A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human. ~ Alan Turing
Joe Roberts, former homeless youth turned successful entrepreneur is paying it forward by pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km’s across Canada to prevent youth homelessness. This national awareness trek, dubbed The Push for Change, will see over 400 community and school engagements.
Our Community Champions are superior at organizing people and events! They bring together vibrant energetic people to engage and empower their communities! Supporting the development of young people is what we are truly passionate about.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER
THE PROBLEM: It is estimated that there are approximately 65,000 young people across Canada who are homeless or living at homeless shelters and thousands more who are at-risk each year.
Youth homelessness isn’t always visible. You may not see it in your community because youth may have found temporary shelter at a friends’ house, or they have migrated to a larger city. They typically come from homes characterized by family conflict of some kind, disruptions to school and family life, neglect and poverty. Many are in the throws of adolescent development, and lack life experience and the skills and supports to live independently, including the ability to secure employment and housing.
Homeless youth are also more vulnerable to exploitation. Virtually every young person who becomes homeless was in school at one point and was in contact with an adult (teacher, guidance counselor, coach) who knew something was wrong. It makes sense for prevention to start in our schools!
GOALS OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
AWARENESS – to draw as many people from the community as possible so they may hear Joe’s personal story of his life as a homeless youth.
All will be inspired as he shares his story of transformation from adversity to success, his possibility mindset that “there is more inside each and every one of us than we can see”, and his vision to help prevent youth from living a life like he did. Youth will be empowered and challenged to stay engaged in their families, their schools and their communities.
Adults will be educated and inspired to think differently about youth homelessness and the power of keeping youth engaged.
FUNDRAISE – If every Canadian donated .50¢ during the Push for Change trek, $17,000,000 will be raised to support The Upstream Project, and other eligible organizations enabling the start of a school-prevention model in Canada that aims to prevent youth homelessness.
All funds raised during the trek will be allocated to The Upstream Project, and, where an organization who works with youth-at-risk has teamed with the Community Champion to plan and be a part of the community event, (or are the Community Champion themselves) 50% of funds raised will be donated to that eligible organization.
Criteria for eligible organizations:
- must support youth at risk (ages 13-24) of becoming homeless
- Emergency shelters,
- Youth drop-in centres
- Outreach services provider and/or Transitional housing initiative organizations
- must be a not-for-profit organization with a Canada Revenue Agency charitable tax number
- must have a Chimp account for direct deposit.
To be added to our event calendar, please email Marie Roberts, Campaign Director and include your Organization/Company Name and Host City or Town for event. Marie will contact you and confirm availability.
Article by posted May 1, 2016
May 2, 2016