‘Sleep out’ raises awareness for homeless youth

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BOULDER, Colo. — As temperatures dipped into the twenties Thursday night, more than 100 people decided to give up their warm beds to sleep on the streets of Boulder with only cardboard to protect them.

They participated in the 4th annual "Sleep Out For Homeless Youth." The event is geared at raising awareness for homeless youth.

According to Attention Homes, which spearheads the effort, there are about 160 homeless youth on the streets of Boulder County on an average night.

This past year alone, the organization assisted 800 homeless youth.

“These young people - they’re at risk for depression, suicide and substance abuse. Within 48 hours of leaving home a young person can be approached for sex by various unsavory folks out there,” said Claire Clurman, Executive Director of Attention Homes.

The 100+ people who are sleeping out were given cardboard to use as protection. Prior to the sleep out, a get together was held in a church next door to Attention Homes for participants and the homeless.

“A lot of people are really fortunate to have a house and have things to eat and to have a place to go home to and a school,” said Lina Takahashi, a student at Fairview High School. “But not everyone is able to have those kinds of things”.

The organization hopes to raise $150,000 from Thursday night’s event. Last year, they raised $136,000.

The money is used to help homeless youth in Boulder County.

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