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DID YOU KNOW:there are over 9000 homeless teens in LV? Teens just like you and me but without the security of a home. We work tirelessly to help these teens survive and thrive. we are asking for your help. Together we can change their futures, which will change our world!
DID YOU KNOW: Homeless Youth is a National Crisis? Kids don't just decide to live on the streets so they don't have to get a job! Youth become homeless because they are escaping abusive homes, or emancipating from the foster care system, or were raised on the street with parents who have addictions or just fell victim to the cycle of homelessness.
Annual statistics about youth homelessness:
- Studies have estimated that there are approximately 1.68 million runaway or homeless youth under the age of 18 in the U.S. each year.
- 25 percent of former foster youth nationwide reported that they had been homeless at least one night within two-and-a-half to four years after exiting foster care.
- It is estimated that 100,000 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation each year. Homeless and runaway youth are the most vulnerable population.
- 40 percent of the runaway and homeless youth population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and are not accepted at home.
- About 25 percent of the homeless population has serious mental illness, including chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
ANTI-BULLYING: Kids are bullied for being different, for dressing poorly, for appearing withdrawn or as loners. Have you considered why they don't have nice clothes, who loves and supports them? Why are they withdrawn? These are the very kids that we need to support, not bully! Our biggest message to you today is STOP THE BULLYING! Live a day in their shoes and learn gratitude for what you have and give to those who have not. A smile, a kind word, friendship, an ear to listen, food, help with homework, your stylish hand me downs. Think of the difference you can make when you befriend instead of bully!
THIS WEEKS MOST URGENT NEEDS:
Summer survival kit items: Flip Flops, SUNSCREEN.
Hygiene products, Refillable water bottles.
Food cards and stylish hand me downs ALWAYS urgently needed.
ITEMS for our Homeless TEEN graduation gift baskts. Gift cards, etc.
EXCITING NEWS- Speaking on the panel at this years Philanthropy Forum, was amazing! And we have now been asked to speak at every YMCA location across the valley this summer! We will be focusing on ANTI-BULLYING, and gaining many new Teen Volunteers!
NOW working with United Way NGAGE to organize even MORE teens to volunteer &The Shane Victorino Foundation has been partnering with us on some amazing ways to help homeless and at risk youth. So excited and grateful! Stay tuned!
We are humbled and honored to have been recognized by Fox 5 Shining Star award and also 8 News Now, Acts of Kindness. Their donations to THT filled our homeless graduates gift baskets and summer survival kits with amazing items. Thank you. See videos below.
Thank you for helping SIENA fill The Shade Tree playroom with NEW BOOKS!
Summer SURVIVAL KITS in the works.
Our TEEN ANGEL TREE was a HUGE success! Thank you everyone.
Blankets, hygiene kits, backpack foods, run out by the week. There are always ways to get involved and help. ALL YEAR LONG!
Prom Scholarship_ We have tons of new makeup, dresses, mens new ties and shirts that will help at risk youth enjoy prom too! Thanks to all our volunteers.
HELP with website upgrade needed. We want to go national and need help adding a map of the US where teens can get help and give help in their own areas by clicking on their state and then visiting links for resources and volunteer/donation opportunities. We want teens across America to "Join The Movement!"
ARE YOU ready to join the MOVEMENT? We are TEENS HELPING TEENS. Visit our WISH LIST PG. for ideas on how to help. Hold a drive at your school or organization, or just clean out your closet! VISIT OUR NATIONAL INTERACTIVE MAP and find ways to help or get help in your local area.