Uplifting Youth Voices:
Breaking Cycles of Young Adult Homelessness
This November 1-December 31, Breaktime is asking YOU to help break cycles of young adult homelessness by engaging in our combined National Youth Homeless Awareness Month and Annual Campaign efforts.
We understand that housing and financial insecurity is in every community, and our programming has to be expanded state-wide to have the most impact in the Commonwealth. This October, Breaktime took its first step in launching our work statewide, partnering with the MetroNorth Workforce Board!
Now, it is time for our network to come together and move towards expansion.
Can you help us?
Help us raise awareness around housing insecurity by taking part in the National Youth Homelessness Awareness month
Help us raise the funds needed for our expansion efforts in the upcoming year. Our goal is to raise $25,000 in our End of Year Campaign that will be used as a catalyst to branch out into our third district early 2023.
National Youth Homeless Awareness Month and how YOU can get involved:
Through November’s National Youth Homeless Awareness month, founded in 2007, communities nationwide have dedicated this month to bringing awareness to the millions of young people experiencing homelessness every year. We recognize that the struggles that young adults experiencing homelessness endure have been met with a lack of awareness and compassion. It is critical for us to engage in consciousness-raising of the challenges that this group faces, as it will allow us to be better advocates for equal treatment for all, regardless of race, identity, or housing status.
Click on any of the events listed below to read more about the event and RSVP your attendance!
1 in 10
Young people ages 18-24 experience homelessness in a given year in the US
November is National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month
According to research from the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall, one in ten young adults experience homelessness each year. Among these young people experiencing homelessness, 89% are people of color and 40% identify as members of the LGBT+ community. Over the course of a given night, over half a million persons experience homelessness in some form. The growing prevalence of homelessness among young adults is approaching epidemic proportions and reveals the deepest inequalities in our society.
There is a constant lack of awareness (and compassion) toward the struggles people experiencing homelessness endure. Greater awareness of the struggles this group faces will allow us to be better advocates for equal treatment for all, regardless of race, identity, or housing status.
This November, in honor of National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month, Breaktime will be especially active throughout its media and policy platforms to support youth experiencing homelessness. This year's theme at Breaktime, “Uplifting Youth Voices: Breaking Cycles of Young Adult Homelessness”, seeks to empower those with lived experiences to share their story in effort to raise awareness on this hidden issue. Please support us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, and take part in our National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month Programming.
By supporting Breaktime, you’re supporting a valuable and important social movement. With a bright heart and an open mind, please consider interacting with us throughout the end of the year.
Participate in November Awareness Activities
We have lots of exciting opportunities to help spread awareness throughout the month. Be sure to follow our social media pages to learn more about what you can do!
Share Breaktime's Mission on Giving Tuesday (11/29)
Help share our mission of ending young adult homelessness by encouraging others to give to Breaktime on #GivingTuesday!
Give towards the End of Year campaign that will allow us to expand our work statewide.
Breaktime's Open House will be an opportunity to engage with fellow community members, see where the Breaktime program happens, and create winter care packages for the young people in Breaktime's program. Invite friends or colleagues so that they too can have an opportunity to directly impact the homeless population of Boston.
Come to Breaktime's Open House on December 6th
Awareness Month Kickoff Webinar- November 1st
When: November 1st, 6-7pm EST
Breaktime is hosting a webinar to kick off National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month this November! Since 2007, communities nationwide have dedicated this month to bring awareness to the millions of youth who experience homelessness every year. We recognize that the struggles that young adults experiencing housing insecurity endure have been met with a lack of awareness and compassion.
In efforts to raise awareness, educate, and spread our mission, Breaktime is holding a 1 hour webinar on November 1st to kick off the month. At the event you will hear from Breaktime’s Co-founder and Executive Director, Connor Schoen, Alumni from Breaktime’s program, Senator Lydia Edwards, David Ambroz, author of A Place Called Home, and Carl Siciliano, Founder of the Ali Forney Center. We hope to also use this webinar as an opportunity to share what we look forward to in 2023. With your support, we can continue investing in our communities and creating stable change for youth experiencing homelessness across the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
When: November 1 - November 30
What: In honor of NYHA Month, Breaktime is holding a drive for the young people in our program.
Most Needed Items:
New Hygiene Items
Shampoo / conditioner
Tooth paste/ tooth brush
New Winter Clothing Items
New winter jackets
New gloves or mittens
New hats or earmuffs
New warm socks
Common grocery stores
Starbucks or Dunkin'
Visa or cash-equivelant cards
Convenient stores like CVS
170 Portland St, Boston