WHAT IS NIGHT ON THE STREETS: ENDING THE TRAFFICKING OF HOMELESS YOUTH?
Night on the Streets: Ending the Trafficking of Homeless Youth is unique awareness and fundraising event whereby action-oriented individuals and organizations rally together to sleep on the streets of the MASS District of downtown Fort Lauderdale in solidarity with the countless youth experiencing homelessness and, as a result, in danger of exploitation, human trafficking and other forms of violence associated with life on the streets.
Night on the Streets: Ending the Trafficking of Homeless Youth is not about partying all night or pretending to be homeless and at risk for exploitation. It’s truly an unforgettable night of action that reveals the daily challenges facing youth in the community in the sincerest way possible. By walking in their shoes and sleeping on the streets, we can finally identify with where they’ve been and what they’ve faced.
When you sign up to sleep out during Night on the Streets: Ending the Trafficking of Homeless Youth you’re signing up to learn about the trafficking of at-risk youth, how to identify the signs, and how Ark of Freedom Alliance works to prevent the trafficking of marginalized children and young people, while empowering male and LGBTQ+ survivors. Even more impactful, you will hear firsthand from at-risk youth and the real-life challenges they face on the streets.
HOW DOES IT HELP END THE TRAFFICKING OF HOMELESS YOUTH?
Night on the Streets: Ending the Trafficking of Homeless Youth raises funds and awareness for Ark of Freedom Alliance, a human rights organization providing prevention education, intervention outreach, shelter, mental health services and other supports to marginalized children, male and LGBTQ+ young adult survivors of human trafficking, as well as those who are at risk.
Night on the Streets: Ending the Trafficking of Homeless Youth participants are assigned a fundraising page once they and or their team sign up. Teams and individuals work to raise life-saving funds leading up to the event. These funds allow Ark of Freedom Alliance to end the trafficking of homeless youth by supporting its street outreach and referral program, emergency shelter nights, case management and care coordination, and its residential trauma recovery program for young adult male and LGBTQ+ survivors of human trafficking who are also challenged with substance abuse disorders.
By raising funds and sleeping out, participants become soldiers in the war on human trafficking and child exploitation across our community and abroad 3