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.
In 2021, Youth Futures sheltered 153 RHY (including three babies) an average of 37 nights each for a total of 5,330 shelter nights; served 9,153 meals; facilitated 893 shelter case management incidences; offered access to the resource room 703 times; provided 738 drop-in incidences; diverted 36 youth from entering shelter; and conducted 1,007 hours of street outreach. Youth Futures strives to ensure that each youth who leaves one of our shelters has a secure and safe housing plan. In 2021, 32.7% of youth were reunified with a parent or kin and 28.1% entered a safe, independent living situation.
Youth Futures has been a refuge for runaway, homeless and high-risk youth for six years. Since its inception (from February of 2015 to December of 2021), Youth Futures has sheltered 638 youth. Thank you, again, for ensuring that our youth have a safe place to call “home” until they get home.
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%.