The Youth Project’s new initiative aims to increase the public’s involvement with the homeless through more contributory channels. Developing from our previous Homeless Drives, the new initiative aims to promote such involvement through the use of an app where the public and those who pass by people who are struggling (are homeless/in an unfortunate circumstances) can purchase food and drinks/link up with local homeless charities as opposed to the usual conventional procedure of just providing money (as seen in previous homeless drives, we’ve learnt how money isn’t the best form of support for homeless people, especially those involved in human trafficking). We hope this helps to reduce the issue of the ignorance of homeless people by the public ever so slightly (Disregarding ethical issues).
The Hello Homeless Campaign will also have a specific focus on people acknowledging the presence of the homeless. We are planning on having an awareness raising campaign through public figures and platforms to try and get people to simply say hello to homeless people as they walk past them. This way their day will be a bit brighter as they wont feel ignored or neglected.
Our regular homeless drives will also feed into this. We have run homeless drives around the world and hundreds of people have attended. The homeless drive concept is where young people come together to distribute resource packs to the homeless. We’ve run two in the U.S. so far, both successful with a 100% return rate; every student who’s participated has returned or RSVP’ed for a future drive as well as signed on to help TYP USA.