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360⁰kids

Social Services

360°kids works to improve the lives of homeless and at-risk youth and families in York Region.
This Is The Harsh Reality Of Youth

This Is The Harsh Reality Of Youth Homelessness

When there are no beds, homeless youth often resort to sleeping in garages, in abandoned trailers and buildings or even worse, in forests and fields and other hidden places across the region. They are vulnerable to illness, emotional trauma, criminal threats and violence.
02/27/2017 02:46 EST
What I Learned From Spending A Cold, Dark Night

What I Learned From Spending A Cold, Dark Night 'Homeless'

A few winters ago, I spent one extraordinary night wandering the streets of York Region, experiencing first-hand what homeless youth from our community go through every night. Organizers wanted us to better understand what homeless youth in York Region face every night.
02/23/2017 01:37 EST
4 Ways Youth Should Not Spend A Night Away From

4 Ways Youth Should Not Spend A Night Away From Home

It can take less than 10 seconds for a youth to become homeless. In York Region, homeless youth, more often than not, do not fit the stereotypical profile. Unlike urban centres, these young people are often homeless not just due to poverty. They stem from middle-class families and end up on the street for a variety of reasons.
02/29/2016 01:30 EST
The Night I Chose To Be

The Night I Chose To Be Homeless

Each year, 360⁰kids -- an organization that provides a range of services to York Region's homeless youth -- encourages local community members to experience homelessness, just for one night a year. Last March, our group made it through some bone-chilling temperatures. I will do it again this year. For more than 300 youth in a region that's home to large detached homes and flourishing businesses, they've lost count of how many nights they've been homeless. It's an issue that doesn't get enough attention.
02/25/2016 11:59 EST
I Will Never Look At Youth Homelessness The Same

I Will Never Look At Youth Homelessness The Same Again

I can't truly explain how exhausting, challenging and incredibly cold this night was. I had been given a real-life scenario of a homeless youth as a part of 360°kids' 360°Experience. Our experience had us stepping into the shoes of a 16-year-old male, who was unsafe at home and had to leave quickly to save himself.
02/22/2016 01:52 EST