LETS DO THIS! LETS RAISE A ZILLION DOLLARS FOR HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE!
I wish the crisis of youth homelessness had magically been solved since last year's Sleepout, but alas here we are and the needs are only more urgent. As our despair-filled news cycles ebb and flow, one thing remains constant - the needs of homeless and runaway young people. Sometimes it's hard to figure out where to put your dollars when the world seems to be so vibrantly on fire, but the work of Covenant House is easy to see.
I don't think there's any reason to make sparkly dances unless we are working together to put that same level of energy, heart, and resources into the power of young people. There are kids coming in from the street just blocks from where we are making big fancy Broadway shows. This isn't new, and it isn't going to be fixed overnight, but I am honored to once again accept Covenant House’s challenge to spend a night sleeping on the street so homeless kids don’t have to.
The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year. It’s a decision that we can’t stay indoors while so many kids remain outside.
SERIOUSLY! COVENANT HOUSE IS THE BEST!
As part of my Sleep Out, I am raising funds and awareness for Covenant House, a shelter for homeless and trafficked youth. Covenant House offers these young people so much more than a safe place to sleep - they welcome each kid with absolute respect and unconditional love, and their continuum of care provides essential services to help kids transition from homelessness to independence.
My limited time with the staff and residents of Covenant House has taught me new things about the great power of empathy, listening, and creating and supporting space for young people to be safe and be heard.
Thank you for your support
NO AMOUNT IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL! MAKE IT RAIN!
SAM PINKLETON is a tony-nominated director and choreographer based in new york city. he's made shows on and off broadway and across the country. his revival of runaways - liz swados' groundbreaking 1970s musical about runaway youth, seen at city center and at the public theater - steered his path towards covenant house, for which he is endlessly grateful. he is constantly looking to find and articulate new intersections between making sparkly musicals and social justice.