It is estimated that one third of Canada’s homeless population are between the ages of 16 and 24. In Nelson, local youth endure homelessness and live at risk. Their realities are mostly hidden and often misunderstood.
This October local youth are creating original t-shirts, designed to open eyes and hearts about youth homelessness.
The project is on now and all youth, age 30 and under, are invited to participate. Youth create the message and design. Any mediums can be used and t-shirts can be altered or even sewn from scratch. Winning t-shirt designs will receive prizes, including Whitewater lift tickets and a cut and color with Jai Lynn at Front Street Hair Studio.
Submission deadline is Friday, October 11. Supplies, including blank t-shirts and entry forms, are available for pick up at Nelson Cares, 521 Vernon Street. Complete entry details are available online at Nelson Committee on Homelessness on Facebook.
A public exhibit will showcase all designs, along with facts and information on organizations involved in solutions. The community is invited to view the exhibit October 15 to 17, downtown Nelson at the Trading Company building, 402 Baker Street.
“Our goal is to open eyes about youth homelessness through art and design and we are very excited to be working with local youth”, says coordinator Katie Tabor, “We are also kindly accepting prize donations from local businesses interested in supporting their efforts.”
This project is proudly sponsored by 103.5 The Bridge, ANKORS, Whitewater and Front Street Hair Studio. For more information on Design To Inform: A DIY T-Shirt Project on Youth Homelessness, contact Tabor at 250-352-6011 ext. 19 or at ncoh(at)nelsoncares.ca