City of Darwin’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) believes that Youth Homelessness Matters! In 2015 there are over 20,000 young people sleeping rough in Australia every night.
‘Many of us believe in the importance of offering a listening ear and supporting young people in crisis. It is well said many times, how powerful words are, but listening and understanding is just as powerful,’ says YAG Member Maruop Bol, on the issue of Youth Homelessness in Darwin.
Wednesday April 15 is National Youth Homelessness Matters Day. This year, YAG will join forces with Anglicare and Headspace to raise awareness on the issue of Youth Homelessness through participating in Darwin’s “Annual Youth Homelessness Couch Surfing Race!” YAG has been working with local services to promote and encourage widespread involvement as the issue becomes more confronting than ever before.
‘The statistics of youth and wider homelessness are incredibly shocking and today is the day where we need to raise an awareness of the issue in regards to youth homelessness,’ says YAG member Hannah Illingworth.
YAG will be undertaking numerous projects in 2015 to raise awareness and education about local homeless population with strategies to engage community awareness and education about this crisis impacting Darwin and the Top End. Believe it or not, youth homelessness affects our local community at all levels, it affects families at every branch, friends, and ultimately affects young people’s lives.
With an average 15 times higher than the national, and 25% of those affected being under the age of 18 it’s time to open up communication around this increasingly prevalent problem; a poverty that many of those in our own community are having to live daily.