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Make Nice for Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day  was created when two Nova Scotia high school students supported a fellow student that was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt by also wearing pink (read the full story  here). From that moment of solidarity Pink Shirt Day was born and it allows all people to stand up to bullies everywhere by wearing pink.  Bullying continues to be a major concern in schools, workplaces and over the internet and it is important to raise awareness around this issue and say enough to bullies!  

The campaign this year, encourages everyone to “Make Nice”. We all have the capacity to be kind and compassionate, and this  slogan acts as a friendly reminder that no matter what our differences, being nice is always a choice worth making.   Be sure to use the hashtag #PinkShirtDay and share how you are making nice. 

Pink Shirt Day 2017 - Make Nice 

Album Release for Jazz Singer Maya Rae in Support of Homeless Youth

14-year-old jazz singer Maya Rae is not only incredibly talented but has a generous and kind spirit. On February 23, 2017 at Frankie's Jazz Club Maya will celebrate her Album Debut and all net proceeds from this event will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver. You can learn more about Maya Rae here and listen to a recent interview on CBC here.

Details:

When:
Thursday at 7PM - 10PM

Where:
Frankie's Jazz Club
765 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B2M4

Musicians:
Maya Rae – Vocals
Miles Black – Piano
Cory Weeds – Saxophone
Vince Mai – Trumpet
Joel Fountain – Drums
Andre Lachance - Bass

For more information click here, the show is 90% sold out but there are still a limited number of tickets at the door on the night of the show!

Album Release for Jazz Singer Maya Rae in Support of Homeless Youth

1st Annual Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition raises over $222,000!

Last night, 64 young professionals and emerging leaders slept outside in solidarity with the hundreds of young people who call Vancouver’s streets home, to raise funds for youth who struggle with mental illness and addictions.  The top fundraiser, Adam Spear, President, Humble Manufacturing Co. Ltd, raised $13,850.  The Sleep Out is first and foremost a peer-to-peer fundraising event but it is also an opportunity for people to get a glimpse into what it is like for homeless youth – alone with no where to sleep and no place to call home.

Notable participants included:

  • Brittney Martin, a former Covenant House resident
  • Six employees of the Vancouver Whitecaps including player Russell Teibert
  • Vancouver City Councillor Melissa De Genova
  • Sarah Bess Miller, Competitor, Big Brother Canada 2
  • Herb Eibensteiner, Director, Finance and Operations, Covenant House
  • Dan Mangan, Two-time Juno Award winning musician

Several corporate teams also took part and the top three and their totals were:

Allan Financial:                                 $24,499
Vancouver Whitecaps FC:            $21,428
Fusion Projects:                                $20,660

The evening began with the participants getting to know each other and touring our female Crisis Program and Drop-In Centre.  A panel consisting of Covenant House youth and staff shared their knowledge and experience about homelessness, mental illness and addictions. The young people on our panel also shared their personal stories and explained how they found their way to our doors, and how their lives have changed since.

After waking up this morning (many didn’t get much sleep), the participants took part in a group reflection exercise, describing what the experience meant to them. Several people used the words “humbled” and “gratitude” when reflecting on the evening.  The majority of participants were going off to work for the day and many said they couldn’t imagine doing that day after day having had such unrestful sleep – the realization that this is the reality for many of our youth was eye-opening.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of our sleepers and their supporters!  We hope to see you all back next year!

There is still time to support the Sleep Out: Young Professionals - click here to donate.

Sleep Out: Young Professionals 2017

Sleep Out: Young Professionals 2017

Sleep Out: Young Professionals 2017

 

Our first Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition is tonight!

Tonight young professionals and emerging leaders will spend one night sleeping on the street to raise funds to support our mental health and addictions programs. Many of our youth struggle with mental illness, often as a result of trauma they have experienced, and many are also battling to overcome addictions.

Sleepers” will interact with some of our youth currently staying with us and those who have stayed with us in the past. They will hear their personal stories of how they found their way to our doors and how their lives have changed since. Youth will also have the opportunity to ask the participants why they support Covenant House and why they are Sleeping Out.

Our Young Professionals need all the support they can get! Our sleepers would greatly appreciate any donations – click here to donate to a sleeper or click here to donate to the event.

Be sure to join in the discussion on social media using the hash tag #CHSleepOut. You can follow Covenant House Vancouver on Twitter @CovenantHouseBC, on Instagram @covenanthousebc or on our Facebook page. Be sure to tune in for our first Facebook Live Video tonight.

Big thank you to all our “Sleepers” and their supporters!

Sleep Out: Young Professionals

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