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Our deep thanks to the students of Blyth Academy, Branksome Hall, Havergal College, St. Clements School, and Upper Canada College, who participated in the 9th Annual Student Walk for Homeless Youth on March 8. The event was first established in memory of Floyd Honey, a tireless humanitarian and social justice advocate, and is continued today through the support of the Trek for Teens and many dedicated volunteers. It encourages students to consider the impact of homelessness on their peers, educate themselves on how they can contribute to change, and join the effort to raise public awareness and funds.
Over 200 participants started at Upper Canada College’s campus, journeyed down Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road, and did a quick stop for an outdoor hot chocolate station, thanks to Branksome Hall.
At the end, we all gathered at University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s College to participate in presentations, activities, and games to help us consider the issue of youth homelessness. A highlight of this part of the event was a presentation by a former resident of Eva’s, who shared his experience of becoming homeless and how the organization supported him. Many of us can’t imagine the circumstances that might lead to homelessness. It’s by paying attention to the experience of youth that we can appreciate their resilience and ingenuity and understand how we can work together to build a society where young people have many safe spaces to thrive.
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