Hi, It's Neysa, Mayor of Sebastopol! Welcome to My Personal Fundraising Page
On November 8, I will be sleeping outside for one night to advocate for the many young people who go to sleep without a home every night in Sonoma County. Between now and then, I am committed to fundraising for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) and the critical programs and services they operate for the most vulnerable members of our community.
I slept out last year and can you believe it....this year, youth homelessness has increased by 29% in Sonoma County! That means now 657 young people under the age of 25 are experiencing homelessness in our community. Youth are still the most unsheltered homeless population in Sonoma County - 93% will sleep outside tonight, vulnerable and alone.
The young people I’m sleeping out for may be escaping physical abuse, a dangerous human trafficking ring, a drug-addicted parent, or may have “aged-out” of the foster care system with little to no resources for success. And guess what? Most young people experiencing homelessness are unseen by me and you every day. They are sleeping on couches, they’re sleeping in a broken down car, or they’re trying to stay safe in remote places of the county that are unfit for young people to live in.
SAY’s services help homeless and disconnected youth stabilize their lives, find safe housing, access mental health care, and develop the skills to become contributing members of our local workforce.
Today I ask you to help me support the work of SAY and give all youth the tools and skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency. Please click the donate button on this page and join us in our fight to end youth homelessness in Sonoma County.
On behalf of the kids that your gift will help, thank you!