The Utah SleepOut will raise awareness about homeless youth by giving participants an opportunity to be subjected to the adverse conditions experienced by many of the homeless youth we serve. In order to make this years event a success, we need your help! Your participation will help raise awareness and funds so that homeless youth have a safe, supportive and affirming place to call home while they work to realign their lives in a positive direction.
The UTSleepOut raises awareness about homeless youth by giving participants an opportunity to be subjected to the adverse weather conditions experienced by many homeless youth. Since the average temperature in November is typically less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and attendees will be sleeping under the stars, they will need to plan to bring gear to keep warm such as: sleeping bags, blankets, hand warmers, boots, gloves, beanies and other necessary items. Upon entry to our camp area, participants will receive a cardboard box to use for ground cover and to mark their sleeping area. We will be serving soup from 7:00 - 9:00 pm and breakfast at 6:00 am on Sunday.
Unlike youth experiencing real homelessness, our participants will have access to restrooms, food, hot beverages and an indoor “Warm Zone.”
Reminder: Tents are not allowed.
ABOUT YOUTH FUTURES
Youth Futures has been a refuge for runaway, homeless and high-risk youth since the opening of our first shelter in 2015. We have sheltered a total of 440 youth (including 7 babies) for an average of 35 nights each, totaling 17,526 shelter nights. We have served 64,990 meals; conducted 4,375 shelter case management sessions, offered access to our resource rooms 4,760 times; provided 7,622 drop-in services and conducted 5,426 hours of street outreach. Youth Futures has an average family reunification rate of 46% and an overall positive placement rate of 65%.