Youth Homelessness Conference | Toronto

Written by Alex Wichert on February 28th, 2017

On February 27, 2017, high school classes attended the Trek for Teens Youth Homelessness Conference. The outing is an annual event designed to educate youth on issues surrounding youth homelessness, as well as to introduce youth to the idea of service learning and leadership. Students were shown that youth have the power to make a difference in their communities and were engaged in discussion surrounding an important issue affecting many people in local settings.

The Trek for Teens Youth Homelessness Conference is designed to educate youth on issues surrounding youth homelessness, as well as introduce youth to the idea of service learning and leadership. It is our intent to show students that youth have the power to make a difference in our communities, as well as engage them in discussion surrounding an important issue affecting youth in a local setting.

The Conference covered the following topics:

  • Myths and stereotypes surrounding youth homelessness
  • The reality of life on the streets
  • The struggles facing homeless youth and how they can overcome them
  • How students can use their gifts and talents to make a difference in their own communities

Trek for Teens would like to thank Keynote Speaker Paula Reid, Youth Without Shelter, and Covenant House Toronto for their presentations to conference participants.

To view photos from the event, head to our Facebook album here.

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What is the Trek for Teens Foundation?

The Toronto Trek for Teens, or T3 for short, is a charitable project set up by youth, for youth. The trek itself consists of a team-oriented race which takes place in downtown Toronto every Spring. Teams of youth ages 13-19 solve problems and find hidden clues, working together to complete the course (much like the Amazing Race). Throughout the day, there are other ongoing festivities at and around Yonge-Dundas Square. Find out more about the Foundation.

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