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National Runaway/Homeless Prevention Month

Who runs away from home?

Why do they run away?

Where do they run?


Candlelight Vigil

Youth and Family Services YMCA is hosting the Third Annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at De La Guerra Plaza from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.  

November 3rd is “Wear Green” day. Please wear green and invite your friends and neighbors to the Vigil.

Join several Santa Barbara youth service agencies and hear the compelling stories from youth that experience homelessness in our area on a daily basis.  Please market your calendar and attend.  Find out how you can get involved to help our community overcome this very real problem affecting so many of our local youth.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

4:00PM – 7:00PM

De La Guerra Plaza

Please join Youth and Family Services YMCA for a candlelight vigil to help raise awareness of the local and national tragedy of runaway and homeless youth.

Awareness and understanding lead to solutions.

  • Over one third of runaway, throwaway, homeless youth were sexually abused before leaving home.
  • 32% of runaway, throwaway, homeless youth have attempted suicide.
  • 34% of runaway youth reported sexual abuse before leaving home and 43% of runaway youth reported physical abuse before leaving home.       
  • 48% of runaway and homeless youth who engaged in commercial sex activity said they did it because they didn't have safe place to stay.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Valerie Kissell, Executive Director, Youth and Family Services YMCA valerie.kissell@ciymca.org  or call 805-569-1103 ext. 32.

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