A number of Ottawa city councillors, members of the Ottawa police force, and Ottawa Fire Services will be participating in the SleepOUT for Youth at TD Place.
SleepOUT for Youth is an initiative by the Ottawa Youth Services Bureau (YSB) to raise awareness and funds to support homeless youth in the community, December 6.
#YSBsleepOUT is HERE! 🤩— YouthServicesBureau (@ysb_bsj) December 6, 2018
Show our Sleepers - who will be spending tonight outside! - some love by choosing a team & making a donation. You'll support them + solutions to youth homelessness in #Ottawa.
We're on our way to our $250,000 goal - let's go! pic.twitter.com/PgjtEEAtkI
In the past six years, the YSB has raised more than $1-million for homeless youth.
The goal is to raise $250,000 this year to support youth services. As of 10 a.m. on December 6, the organization has reached 79 per cent of its goal.
Among those participating in Thursday's SleepOUT are Deputy Chief of Ottawa Fire Services Todd Horricks, and the former Deputy Mayor of Ottawa Mark Taylor.
TOMORROW WE SLEEP! @TaylorOttawa and I are sleeping out with @ysb_bsj of #Ottawa to raise funds and awareness about #youth #homelessness in #Ottawa - please consider making a donation to us here https://t.co/MCNd5hcLjM— Mark Taylor (@Go_Taylor) December 6, 2018
In Ottawa, one in four shelter users are youth under 17 years of age, that's compared to the national average of one in seven.
To learn more, or make an online donation visit sleepout.ysb.ca.