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BC Youth Week May 1st – 7th

BC Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun filled interaction and a celebration intended to build a strong connection between youth and their communities. This event is intended to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province.

BC Youth Week events have included youth award ceremonies, advocacy campaigns, service projects, entertainment events, sporting competitions, educational forums, and other events to showcase, educate and empower youth in our communities.

To learn more about BC Youth Week click here and for events in your community the search for an event button on their website in the upper right hand corner. 

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Boot Swap with Alice + Whittles x Gravity Pope Vancouver

Alice + Whittles x Gravity Pope Vancouver  #AWBootSwap

Date: Saturday 30 April 2016 and Sunday 1 May 2016. 

Bring your old rain boots to the Gravity Pope store on Saturday and Sunday only and receive $30 toward the purchase of a pair of Alice + Whittles sustainable Rain Boots. All boots brought in will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver. 

Location: 2205 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N9

Click here for more details.  

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Top Needed Items

Our Housing Team is seeing an increased need for the following items:

1. Fans
2. Dishes & Cutlery
3. Bedding (Sheets & Blankets)

Information on how to donate items is available here

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One week until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition

Never underestimate the power of a mother’s love. On May 5th we are challenging mothers to Sleep Out for one night, united in the spirit of motherhood, to show homeless youth that they are not alone. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants will get a small glimpse of what it’s like to “sleep” on the street.

It’s not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect, and proving that we care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night; to be vulnerable, so they can be safe.

“Sleepers” will also 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.

Every dollar raised through the Sleep Out: Mothers Edition will help our Outreach Team connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care. Follow us on social media using the #CHSleepOut and be part of the discussion.

Click here to learn more and support our Vancouver participants.

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Today is #40toNoneDay a day dedicated to ending LGBT Youth Homelessness

#40toNoneDay is a national day focused on raising awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. While there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness, identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason. Our goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none. And, in order to do that, we need people to know that this issue exists and that everyone has a part to play in ending it!

It’s a statistic that may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), while about 7% of the general youth population does the same. The discrepancy is outrageous. And it’s impossible to ignore.

All of us have the ability to make an impact in the movement to end LGBT youth homelessness. The opportunity is yours. Will you take it?

www.40toNoneDay.org   offers great ways to get involved and help spread the word including posting an "Unselfie" like the one of us below. 

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