On any given night, on the streets of San Diego, there are approximately 5,000 homeless children and youth between the ages of 12 and 24. There is an average of 2,000 homeless teens under age 18 every day in San Diego. The majority of the homeless youth over the age of 20 are our returned young military. Sadly, this isn’t just happening in San Diego, but other cities across the country.
On October 19, 2013 there is a walk and concert in various cities to raise funds that are used to help find these children homes, get them back into school and for the older youth, provide job training, life skills and teach them to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.
These kids are mainly throw-away kids that often come from abusive situations. Many have processed out of the foster care system at the age of 18 with no preparation for being able to get a job or an apartment or even balance a checkbook.
Photocharity is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds through signed memorabilia, photography, producing concerts and other fundraising events. It has since grown into a larger organization that has raised millions of dollars and helped countless children.
Their new program called “Taking Music to the Streets” brings kids into a safe environment where they can learn to play a musical instrument, have a free meal and after four sessions that musical instrument is theirs to keep. Music is very beneficial for these kids, in more ways than one. Said Jeffrey Sitcov, Photocharity president, “The kids get to trust our team, because they realize we’re not going to hurt them.”
The kids spend valuable time with the Photocharity team, learning how to play an instrument and the team fosters a level of trust that many of these kids don’t have because of the environments from which they came. This musical program opens the door for these kids to a new, positive life experience that Photocharity provides in partnership with other organizations such as San Diego Youth Services and other similar organizations in other cities.
Photocharity will host its 4th National Walk & Concert to Save Homeless Youth at NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma on Saturday, October 19th at 8:00 a.m., come down and enjoy the fun. Bring your friends and family, and if you have a dog, bring them along for the walk.
Proceeds from the event will fund a variety of programs and services to promote education, awareness and advocacy for the House of Hope project for homeless young adults ages 18-24. Photocharity is currently seeking team captains, walkers and corporate sponsors to participate in the walk. The event will feature inspirational speeches from former homeless youth, live music, exhibitor booths, snacks and giveaways.
Sign up here until October 5, 2013 to walk. Tickets are reasonably priced, starting at just $10.
Not only will you have fun, but you’ll walk away feeling good about helping these kids.
For questions or more information about the walk, the organization or becoming a sponsor, email Jeffrey Sitcov, President and founder at firstname.lastname@example.org.