This year’s Sleep Out: Stage and Screen was one for the books. On Monday, August 19, over 100 participants form the television, film and Broadway industries raised more than $367,000 for young people experiencing homelessness.
This sleep out took place at the Javits Center in the Hudson Yards neighborhood and began with a welcome dinner for sleepers. Food was followed by programming, featuring video blurbs about the issue of youth homelessness and a presentation by one of our young people, Chyna, and her creative idea to run a campaign promoting self-love. Next, participants enter break-out panel groups where they learn more about Covenant House New York, work with young people on mapping their careers based on their aspirations, or jam out with other young people in a music room.
After panels, all participants, staff, youth and volunteers came together for an incredible group sing-along to Beyoncé’s “I Was Here,” followed by our own version of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.” After the awe-inspiring performances, sleepers headed to the outdoor space at the Javits Center to sleep out for a once-in-a-lifetime experience sleeping out to end youth homelessness. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!