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On November 20, Chicagoans will come together to help raise funds to 18 organizations serving the homeless youth population.
Out in the Open Sleep Out will be held at Cricket Hill to benefit AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Care2Prevent, the University of Chicago; Center on Halsted; Chicago House; Chicago Youth Storage Initiative; Howard Brown Health Center's Broadway Youth Center; Illinois Safe Schools Alliance; La Casa Norte; Lurie Children's Hospital - Division of Adolescent Medicine; Neon Dorms - Heartland Human Care Services; New Moms; Puerto Rican Cultural Center - El Rescate; TaskForce Prevention and Community Services; Teen Living Programs; The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project; The Night Ministry; Thresholds; Unity Parenting and Counseling, Inc.; and YEPP: Youth Empowerment Performance Project.
"We are striving to bring new people and resources to this critical issue in Chicago," said Tracy Baim, Windy City Times publisher and executive producer of the event. "We've modeled the event after similar events in other cities, and we plan to also showcase the talents of this next generation."
LGBT youth are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. In fact, of the nearly 2 million young people who are affected by homelessness each year, consistent research shows that up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, even though they make up only 5 to 10 percent of the overall youth population.
Out in the Open Sleep Out is hosted by Pride Action Tank, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Edelman, Agency EA and Windy City Times newspaper and other local partners.
To donate or sign up for the inaugural event as well as to learn more about individual teen's stories, please visit sleepoutchicago.org.
To join the HRC Chicago team, click here. Use the code SleepOut25 for $25 off registration.