All young people deserve to live lives free from homelessness and trafficking – every kid knows that. In fact, youth play a key role in building awareness.
While young people who face barriers due to race, sexuality and disability and poverty are often at higher risk of homelessness and trafficking, it can happen to anyone. About 60% of youth at Covenant House are from average and upper-income households.
It’s because this can happen to anyone that Ethan and Matthew McQueen wanted to use their voices to raise awareness.
After learning about Covenant House from their father, a regular participant in the Executive Sleep Out event, Ethan and Matthew realized they could help show that kids can make a difference, too. They soon rallied some local friends and supporters to join them for a “Kids Helping Kids” sleep out.
During the event, participants learned about Covenant House’s mission, and each kid wrote out their reason for taking part. The kids had a sleep-out on the family’s driveway in solidarity with young people experiencing homelessness.