YES Omaha to Host Events During National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
On any given night in Omaha, there are more than 300 homeless youth who don’t know where they will sleep. The dangers of life on the streets include drugs, incarceration, and sex trafficking. These youth need help to find safe housing and the resources they need to turn their young lives around.
During November, which is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Youth Emergency Services (YES) (www.facebook.com/yesomaha // www.twitter.com/yesomaha) strives to raise awareness about this vulnerable population by hosting two events.
The annual Breaking the Cycle Luncheon will take place on Friday, Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. This event raises awareness and needed funds to support the programs offered by YES to homeless and nearly homeless youth in Omaha. This year’s speaker is award-winning poet and educator, Olivia Gatwood, who will share her story about how creative writing saved her life. Tickets to the luncheon are $65 and available online at www.yesomaha.org/luncheon. Sponsorships are also available.
A candlelight vigil will be held in Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. to show solidarity for youth in crisis. This event is free and open to the public. Anyone who is interested in learning more about how to help end youth homelessness in our community is encouraged to attend.