Youth stage 4th annual Tin Can Challenge

Area high school students will hit the streets tomorrow to learn more about homelessness in the city. The next day, they will build large sculptures out of canned food products, and then donate the food to area food banks. With these hands-on experiences, the city’s youth will become more educated and engaged on homelessness issues and intitiaves. Both of these events are part of National Housing Week activites taking place here and across the country.

On Wednesday, youth from the various high schools will take part in a Youth Conference at The Resource Centre for Youth (TRC). They will learn about homelessness and discuss what they can do to help in their schools. In the afternoon, they will go into the community to do service projects, where they will learn first-hand what it means to be homeless in our city.

The projects include serving lunch at the Saint John Community Chaplaincy; doing outreach on the streets with Outflow; and spending time at the Salvation Army Booth Centre.

On Thursday, they’ll take part in the fourth Annual Tin Can Challenge uptown at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal at 7 pm. Members of the public are invited to cheer on local high schools as they compete in a giant sculpture-building competition while collecting food donations for area charities. This event is free of charge and all are welcome.

“These are great learning opportunities for our youth,” said Colin McDonald, event organizer. “They meet people who are homeless in Saint John. This helps our youth gain a better understanding of homelessness, and think of ways they can help address the issues homeless people face in our community.”

Perspectives, the newsletter about homelessness issues in Saint John, profiled the activities from the 2010 events.

Photo caption: Harbour View High School won last year’s Tin Can Challenge.

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