Covenant House Alaska Vigil and Sleep Out

Did you know that one out of every five people experiencing homelessness in Alaska is under the age of 18? Your Alaska’s Link’s La’shawn Donelson shows how one group in Anchorage is braving the cold to raise awareness.

In a candlelight vigil, over $300,000 dollars was raised to help raise awareness of homeless youth in Alaska and community members gathered at the Alaska Native Heritage Center to honor young Alaskans for National Youth Homeless Awareness Month. Covenant House Alaska held its annual corporate sleepout to end youth homelessness.

“For leaders in our community to understand the issues. I think that together we can change the narrative around young people experiencing homelessness, and there’s no better way to do it than do it together in community. And so the sleep out is that opportunity.”

Participants of the sleepout set up their tents to experience what many homeless youth endure in the winter season. Sleepout participants agree it is life changing.

“To be honest with you, It’s changed my perspective on the whole youth homelessness issue and and how ways my family can get involved and really ways our company can get involved as well. So it’s been really, really meaningful.”

“Our youth in our city and in our state that are courageous and suffering and we just want to stand in solidarity with them for one night and it just means so much to be part of it.”

While another participant was surprised to learn more about the number of homeless areas in Anchorage.

“I saw a lot of different homeless camps. I saw some areas that they described were trafficking locations, different structures where people go to stay warm and find a safe place and then a lot of different resources within the community to support the homeless youth.”

For more information on corporate sleep well and how to donate to Covenant House, Alaska, you can visit www.sleepout.org.

La’shawn Donelson Your Alaska link.