URBAN PEAK EVENT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
921 People to Gather For a Photo; Each Person Representing One Youth Who Sleeps on the Streets
Denver, Colorado (December 9, 2013) – Urban Peak, Denver’s largest non-profit organization serving homeless youth, is bringing 921 people together on Colorado Gives Day to bring awareness to the tragedy of youth homelessness in the Denver metropolitan area. The event entitled “The 921 Project” will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10. Individuals, businesses, school and community groups from up and down the Front Range will gather together for a picture, each person in the photo representing one youth who sleeps on the streets in the Denver metro area each night.
According to the latest Point-In-Time survey conducted by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI), there are 921 youth ages 13 to 24 who experience homelessness on any given day in the Denver metro area.
“With the Denver metro area encompassing such a large area, it’s difficult to see just how significant the issue of youth homelessness is in our community,” said Kim Easton, CEO of Urban Peak. “On December 10th, we will close 21st Street in front of our administration building to bring 921 people together, all in one place, to create a visual representation of this issue. We believe seeing the sheer magnitude of the problem, bringing awareness to the issue, is the first step in creating viable solutions in helping youth off the streets.”
Urban Peak’s 921 Project, a special event designed to draw attention to the enormous tragedy of youth homelessness in the greater Denver metropolitan area.
Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
(VISUAL: Picture to be taken at approximately 8:15 a.m.)
Urban Peak’s Administration Building
730 21st Street (21st @ Stout)
Individuals, businesses, school groups and community/faith-based organizations will all participate.
“One of the greatest misconceptions out there about youth who experience homelessness is that they’re rebellious, bad kids… or that they ran away because it’s the cool thing to do. The truth is, the majority of the youth who become homeless do so by no fault of their own,” continued Easton. “It’s time we bring attention to the issue of youth homelessness, and we at Urban Peak think that there is no better day to do this than on Colorado Gives Day, a day when Coloradans everywhere have their pulse on the non-profit community and seek to explore new charities to support, enhance their philanthropic giving, and make a difference in their community.”
For more information on Urban Peak’s 921 Project, please visit www.urbanpeak.org.
About Urban Peak
Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or youth who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Urban Peak serves youth along their individual journeys to self-sufficiency in providing numerous programs and services based on the principles of trauma-informed care including a 40-bed shelter, daytime drop-in center and activities, housing, education and employment services, case management, life skills courses, mental health evaluations, meals and more. In fiscal year 2012, Urban Peak served 2,550 unduplicated youth. For more information, visit www.urbanpeak.org.