Canadore College students are encouraging our community to think about the extraordinary impact of youth homelessness in North Bay and area. Across the country, 6,000 young Canadians face the dangers and challenges of being homeless each and every night.
Gathering Place executive director, Dennis Chippa says this initiative is valuable in bringing awareness to the issues of food security and homelessness within our community. Chippa says it’s important to tell the community that these issues exist, and that they aren’t just ‘big city problems’. He added the best part is by having young people involved, it drives the message home to them so they can be prepared to work on these issues as a lifelong mission.
The national initiative is aimed at raising awareness for youth homelessness, and in collaboration with the North East Region OPP and the Gathering Place, Canadore College is hosting the Push for Change Sleep Out Challenge on Thursday. Things get underway at 6:00pm and run until 10:00pm at the Canadore College Residence. The evening will include a pasta dinner, addresses by Joe Roberts from the Push for Change, Superintendent Ken Leppert and Dennis Chippa, Zumba and more.