A recent Newsday article highlighted the plight of homeless and disconnected youth in Nassau County, noting a rise in student homelessness to 3200 in 2013, up from 663 in 2008. While this total includes minor children living with their families in shelters, over 40 % of that total are youth who are runaways, disconnected from their families, in foster care or teetering on homelessness. Our Step UP to Success program aims to stabilize their transition to successful adulthood. YOU CAN HELP.
Please take a moment to visit our new gift catalog www.familyandchildrens.org/gift-catalog and make a purchase. The items for sale represent simple, basic needs that we all share, but which may be unattainable for at-risk youth. Staples such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter are featured in the catalog along with items needed right now by youth in our care who are ready to “step up”.
If you can just take a few minutes and click the links, your purchase will become the platform from which our youth can take their first steps toward independence. Do you know someone who loves to shop? Please share this e-Newsletter with them and encourage them to follow their passion on behalf of our neediest neighbors.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." Well, we think it's time to pick up your phone, tablet or laptop and click! We've created an exciting new way to help Long Island's vulnerable and homeless youth - a very special gift catalog. This gift catalog was created to help youth involved in our Step Up to Success initiative - a program designed to turn 'at-risk' youth into 'can do' adults.
Our new catalog features basic items that most of us take for granted, however, they can make an significant difference in a young person's life. The catalog highlights categories including clothing, education/life skills, food/shelter and transportation; everyday items that take on special meaning to young people struggling to thrive on Long Island. Please take a moment to visit our catalog and learn more about the participants of our Step Up to Success initiative.
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