A League of Their Own, Covenant House Sleep Out
At the end of March, members of the Rights of Passage committee took to the streets of New York City with just a sleeping bag and a cardboard box to participate in the Covenant House Sleep Out in support of homeless youth. Along with over 200 other young professionals, their team, “A League of Their Own”, helped raise almost $500,000. With this funding, Covenant House will continue to provide not only crucial educational and job search support — it can also continue being a place to call home for so many homeless teens and young adults.
The New York Junior League partners with Covenant House New York through both its Rights of Passage and Healthy Beginnings programs. The Rights of Passage program provides young adults with the tools they need to succeed in the workforce and find housing once they graduate and transition out of Covenant House. The Healthy Beginnings program is targeted toward young mothers, providing them with the resources they need to raise healthy infants and toddlers.
The Sleep Out is an incredible way to show solidarity with and support for residents of Covenant House. It is hosted every year, and some NYJL volunteers have participated annually, for the last four years. Committee member and first-time attendee, Melissa Yamamoto, remarked “I was impressed by not only the amazing turnout for the night, but moreso by the youth who came to share their stories with us and help us realize that this night of fundraising can truly help change lives.”
For anyone interested in getting involved for next year, you can learn more about the Sleep Out here. Find a team, make a team, or even volunteer on your own — all are welcome and the experience is truly unforgettable and for a great cause.