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#EndYouthHomelessness Today - A UoY Sponsored Walk by Emily Johnsen

A Village People themed sponsored walk across York for Doncaster YMCA because we need to #EndYouthHomelessness today.

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Doncaster YMCA

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Hi there!

I'm Emily and I'm wanting to #EndYouthHomelessness today by raising as much money as possible for YMCA Doncaster - an organisation committed to enriching the prospects of disadvantaged young people.

There is a very personal reason as to why I chose this organisation. At the beginning of the year, when spirits are high and opportunities seem endless, I found out the devastating news that one of my absolute best friends that I grew up with, was forced on the streets for the sake of her own safety.

She was homeless

What makes it even more heart-breaking is the fact that she's not alone in that. Figures from the Youth Homelessness Data bank (2016/17) show that:

139 young people aged 16-24 received homelessness support* 

To put that into perspective, my Sixth Form only had around 200 students. Imagine there being only 61 of us who are fortunate enough to not require the vital support of youth homelessness organisations such as YMCA Doncaster. It's shocking!

Let's #EndYouthHomelessness today.

Luckily though, YMCA Doncaster were there to give her a safe place to call home. As well as providing accommodation, they run numerous programs to enrich the prospects of disadvantaged young people in my home town. However, there's still a lot of young people who need our help:

YMCA Doncaster can only provide accommodation for 30 of the 139 young homeless people who desperately need it

So as inspired by my best friend's story and the incredible work of YMCA Doncaster, I am set to do a 'Village People' themed sponsored walk across York this summer to raise as much money as possible for this vital organisation. It would mean so much to all of us if you could donate to this page and share it with others.

Let's #EndYouthHomelessness today.

 

*https://www.yhdatabank.com/data/aggregate_record_list/?location=a3_275&year=2016

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