Virtual Sleep Out Toolkit

You can create a meaningful Sleep Out experience from wherever you are: the floor of your kitchen, in a backyard if you have have one, even a couch. Please note that some of the pages can only be viewed by registered participants. To register for Sleep Out, view this list.

Remember, the Sleep Out is meant to be a night of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year. Many of these youth report couch surfing when they first become unstably housed. But our goal is not to replicate their experience or pretend to be homeless. We are stepping outside of our comfort zones to send a message to these young people — who have so often been ignored — that we care. And we can do that from anywhere.

Sample Messages

Talk to your friends and family about your Sleep Out and COVID-19 at Covenant House. Copy and paste these sample messages.

Parents & Families

The Virtual Sleep Out allows participants of all ages to join the Sleep Out movement, and we are excited to introduce a new generation to our mission. Use this guide to prepare your family for the night.


You can join the Sleep Out livestream and follow along with our activities, or plan a night that works for your schedule. Activity ideas will continue be added to this guide. 

Video Library

Watch video messages from Covenant House youth and alumni, as well as video updates from staff in our shelters. 

Reading Room

Read stories about the resilient youth at Covenant House and articles about the effect of COVID-19 on the homeless population of the country. 

Social Media

Follow along with us during the Sleep Out, and keep your own social media feed updated with these tools. 


Email: [email protected]
Call: 212-727-4990

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