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Everyone Should Have a Place to Call Home.
We’ll email your teacher a daily fact about homelessness that you can share on social media to bust myths and spread awareness. Then connect with a local shelter or organization working in your community to find out how you can help.
Everyone should have a place to call home, but hundreds of thousands live without one. Twenty-three percent of people experiencing homelessness are under 18, and the stereotypes surrounding homeless Americans make it even harder for them to get back on their feet. Spreading facts and dispelling myths is a good place to start taking action.
Here’s How to Run Your Campaign
Investigate and Learn
Discuss what your group already knows about homelessness in your community or region. Learn more about homelessness, both locally and nationally, and research shelters or homelessness support organizations in your area. After researching, decide which organization you would like to support.
Discuss how you would like to support the organization you chose. Set a goal for your planned action. Then, discuss how the group can spread awareness about the WE Won’t Rest daily facts and your action to support homeless people in your community.
Take notes on each day’s discussion about the daily facts and record any questions you’d like to research further. Use your new knowledge to get involved in making a difference.
Report and Celebrate
When you’re finished the campaign, sit down as a group and review the awareness-raising and action goals you set earlier. Discuss how your group did and what you learned through the process. Share the success of your WE Won’t Rest campaign by posting photos to social media using #wewontrest.
RECORD AND REFLECT
Using the Student Yearbook, students will record their progress and their reflections for each of the four steps above.
Campaign Lesson Plans
Bring the issue of homelessness into the classroom. Students will learn about the different causes and misconceptions, and connect with the issue in their community.
Operation Progress spread love and positivity in their community
Operation Progress, a program based out of Los Angeles, California, works to empower underserved youth in their community. Their ultimate goal is to create hope, opportunity and success for the city’s most disadvantaged kids. One of the many events they have participated in to support the needs of their community is #lunchbag. This initiative, which began in 2012 in a Los Angeles apartment, makes bagged lunches with encouraging messages written inside for hungry individuals in local communities.
Operation Progress understands the impact positive actions can have on a community. The group took part in this initiative to spread some love and share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others. All of the bagged lunches the group made were transported to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles.
Operation Progress’ passion for tackling homelessness in their community is a great example of how a group of motivated youth have the power to make a difference in their own community