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Sleep Out: Mothers Edition is tonight!

Covenant House is proud to welcome 32 brave women who, united in the spirit of motherhood, are committing to spend tonight on the street to support programs for homeless youth in Vancouver.  It’s about showing a group of 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.

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. To learn more about Sleep Out: Mothers Edition or to support a participant please visit our website.

Be sure to join in the discussion on social media using the hash tag #CHSleepOut. Participants will be live tweeting, instagramming and sharing on Facebook their firsthand experiences sleeping outside. You can follow Covenant House Vancouver on Twitter @CovenantHouseBC, on Facebook at Covenant House Vancouver and on Instagram @covenanthousebc.

Thanks to all our “Sleepers” and their supporters!

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Sanctuary is one of our five core principles

Sanctuary   - Youth who are trying to get off the streets are often scared and mistrustful. We protect them from the street and its terrors and from the failures of their past. Youngsters can only grow when they feel safe and protected.

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Sanctuary is one of our five core principels 

Sometimes we teach our youth and sometimes they teach us!

Over the course of many months, Sam shared with me the barriers which he faced and the steps that he had taken to overcome these barriers. One strategy that he found helpful in overcoming some of his barriers was practicing yoga. This was a passion that we both shared, and he was aware that I had been practicing yoga for many years.

Sam was also aware that over the last year while I had begun school, I had stopped my practice. When Sam heard about this, he began constantly encouraging me to begin going to yoga again. He reminded of some of the benefits of yoga, such as being better able to focus and feeling relaxed. Sam took advantage of the free yoga classes which he accessed while in our Crisis Program, and constantly encouraged me to go with him. After a couple of weeks of encouragement, I finally had a free day that I could attend yoga with him. This continued on for a few months, and between both of us we were able to encourage many other youth to attend weekly yoga with us (many who had never had an opportunity to try yoga before).

As a Youth Worker, we have many opportunities to teach youth new skills, remind them of strategies that have previously worked, and watch them grow as individuals. However, we often forget to reflect back on the moments where the youth have helped us to grow as individuals. With Sam’s encouragement, I was able to reintroduce yoga into my life.

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Get Loud for CMHA’s 65th Annual Mental Health Week

We support support Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and were going to #GETLOUD for mental health awareness. Think of 5 people in your life (including you). At least 1 has a mental health problem. Join us and #GETLOUD during CMHA’s Mental Health Week.

Getting loud means speaking up to stop the discrimination and the stigma that usually go hand in hand with mental illness. It means using your voice to raise awareness and build support. For someone at work. For someone at home. For yourself.

Join us. Tell everyone to #GETLOUD May 2-8.

GET LOUD to maintain positive mental health. GET LOUD to get it back.  Because the louder we all get, the bigger difference we will make. And there’s a lot of difference to be made.

Visit mentalhealthweek.cmha.ca   and help us make some noise.

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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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