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San Diego Youth Services Spends Night at Point Loma to End Youth Homelessness

Published – 09/25/21 – 07:45 AM | 522 views | 0 | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | to print

San Diego Youth Services’ Board of directors sleep on Friday October 1 to raise awareness and raise funds to save lives for homeless youth. The event will take place on October 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of San Diego Youth Services in their administration building at Point Loma.

“A lot of people don’t know that at least 1,500 young people are homeless every night in San Diego,” said Walter Philips, CEO of San Diego Youth Services. “Our goal with this event is to raise awareness of the impressive number of homeless youth and to rally our community to support our children and young adults.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the severity of the youth homelessness crisis in San Diego, with homeless youth at risk of human trafficking, assault, sexual violence and death. These young people also often have mental health problems and are unable to complete their education or find a job to support themselves.

“We sleep in the streets to educate young people so that young people don’t have to do it anymore,” said Yandro Valdez, president of Street Sleep SD. “By sleeping, we show our commitment to this cause and to the future of these young people.

SDYS works to end the cycle of homelessness by moving young people to safe and stable housing and by providing safe places to live and long-term solutions for children and young adults who may otherwise fail. would have nowhere to go. The organization also provides comprehensive services, including the tools and training young people need to become independent and create healthy and productive life paths.

“We are trying to end youth homelessness, but we cannot do it alone,” Valdez said. “We need the support of our community to really make a difference. “

To learn more and support Street Sleep SD, visit streetleepsd.org.

San Diego Youth Services is a non-profit organization serving more than 20,000 young people each year who are vulnerable, homeless or abused. SDYS has helped stabilize the lives of over 770,000 young people living in San Diego County since its founding in 1970. SDYS works to end homelessness, prevent delinquency and school failure, and end cycle of child abuse and neglect; and promote mental health and addiction recovery. . To learn more, visit www.sdyouthservices.org


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