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Join us and be part of Stay Up Ottawa!

Stay Up Ottawa is YSB’s annual citywide fundraising event to help house homeless youth. It takes place on November 25th, with a creative and fun virtual celebration with participants.

Let’s Stay Up Ottawa!

It’s a fun and easy challenge for you, that makes a lasting impact on the life of a homeless young person.

Here’s your challenge:

Stay Up one night, outside. Stay Up on your deck, in your backyard or outside at your cottage. Stay Up with family, and encourage friends, neighbours and co-workers to do the same in their location. Raise funds and awareness to help homeless youth who need you now.

For event participants who have attended YSB’s previous signature event, YSB’s SleepOUT for Youth, this virtual experience will be a new yet familiar experience.

Stay Up Ottawa, and help us fight youth homelessness in our community.

Share this experience with those closest to you and have them join you!

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy