On November 21st, armed with a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, I will sleep outside so that the youth at Covenant House Toronto can ignite their potential.
It will be cold. But for one night I can give up the comforts of home knowing it can help the young people who need it most.
Sleep Out: Executive Edition is a unique experiential event that will be taking place on the streets of Toronto. I will be one of the many men and women, from across different industries, who are fighting for youth who are homeless, trafficked, or at-risk.
There are many rewards to owning and operating a business. None has brought me more pleasure than seeing young people develop. I am always struck by the potential of young people to learn and grow, often in ways that they did not know they were capable of. Many youth are not given the opportunities they deserve to achieve their potential. I am sleeping out to raise funds that will help homeless and at risk youth break down the barriers they face in reaching their potential.
On any given night in Canada, there may be at least 6000 homeless youth
on the street. Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, they offer the widest range of 24-7 services to about 350 young people each day.
More than a place to stay, Covenant House provides life-changing care with unconditional love and respect. They meet youth’s immediate needs and then work together with the youth to achieve their future goals. Covenant House offers housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, and ongoing care once youth move into the community.
Thanks to their donors, who contribute almost 80 per cent of their $33 million annual operating budget, Covenant House is able to deliver these comprehensive programs and services.
Please consider supporting this important initiative.