Nov 28, 2017

Ottawa’s youth face off against homelessness

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
Ottawa’s youth face off against homelessness

 

 

OTTAWA — After the Grey Cup game has been won, a different battle will take place on the field at TD Place: Ottawa’s youth against homelessness. The Youth Service Bureau’s (YSB) SleepOut for Youth 2017 takes place on Thursday, November 30, through to Friday morning. Prominent Ottawa leaders will be joined by youth from across the city to spend the night outdoors at The Stadium at TD Place (Lansdowne) to raise awareness and funds for street-involved and homeless youth in Ottawa.

 

Upwards of 600 high school students, youth leadership groups, volunteers, and local business and civic leaders will take part in this inspiring youth-led initiative, despite the chilly temperatures expected. This is YSB’s most important fundraising event of the year; funds raised will go towards housing and support services for Ottawa’s 1000 homeless youth.

 

 

Interview and photo opportunities

 

WHAT:                  An event to raise awareness and funds to support YSB’s work with street-involved youth and to end youth homelessness in Ottawa

 

WHEN:                 Thursday, November 30

Event registration and set-up begins at 5:00 p.m.; opening remarks at 7:00 p.m.

Event wraps up the following morning:

7 a.m. announcement of fundraising total

 

WHERE:                The Stadium at TD Place, Lansdowne Park – 1015 Bank St.

 

WHO:                   YSB Executive Director Joanne Lowe, community leaders, 600 participants

 

About the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

YSB is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agencies serving youth in Ottawa. It offers more than 30 programs and serves 3,500 youth and families every month in the areas of youth engagement, housing and homelessness, mental health, youth justice, and employment.

 

This year’s event is presented by The BRICK and hosted by TD Place, with sponsors Bell Let’s Talk, Homestead, Scotiabank, Bridgehead, Whole Foods, Gabriel Pizza, Kettleman’s Bagels, Saxon Chocolates, CTV, Majic 100 and CFRA.

 

For more information or to arrange an interview:

Suzanne Fraser

613-277-7103

sfraser@ysb.ca

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