Keystone Opportunity Center invites youth membership and youth pastors to participate in our SleepOut 2019 event. We seek to engage and educate youth about the needs and challenges of those struggling with poverty. SleepOut 2019 will also generate community support to help our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity, housing instability, or literacy challenges. More details are below. We hope you will register a group to attend.
Our new online registration process will follow shortly–but we want to hear from group leaders now so we can be a part of helping you mobilize your youth. Contact Malcolm Friend for more information.
Thank you to our generous sponsors who help make this event possible.
This unique event is a compassion-building program where youth learn the truth about poverty and privilege. It is a great platform for groups to learn about the needs of our neighbors. Groups will rotate through a number of activities that include a forum where local community members talk about homelessness, hunger and poverty, how it can happen, its impact, and what can be done to help. They participate in activities that directly help those in need and frequently find a new desire to participate in projects long after the event is over. Groups arrive Friday night, have some fun constructing the cardboard shelters (or their own tents) in which they will sleep, then share a “Soup Kitchen” type meal, play some high-energy games, and hear from people who will share stories that make homelessness and hunger real and personal. At “lights out,” the groups return to their tents, cardboard camps, or cars to experience what a housing crisis might be like. In the morning, breakfast is provided while they pack up. Many congregations then have their youth present what they learned, or youth pastors do a follow-up class with the group. It is always enlightening for those involved.