It’s estimated that about 3,000 kids in Pierce County are considered homeless right now.
The Junior League of Tacoma is hosting its second annual Youth Homelessness Summit in Pierce County at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Stadium High School Theater to talk about the issue.
An expert panel will discuss youth homelessness and the mini documentary True Grit, which interviews six homeless Puget Sound area kids will be shown. There will be a call to action asking people to sign advocacy letters to be given to the City of Tacoma.
“Junior League of Tacoma’s goal for the summit is to educate the community about Pierce County’s state of youth homelessness in order to develop community advocates which will help seek change for this important topic,” said Caitlin Stork, community council director of Junior League of Tacoma and event chair of the summit. “We feel that this event helps satisfy our greater vision at JLT of promoting volunteerism, and improving the community through effective action, especially given the severity of this important issue that needs the support of the entire community.”
The summit is free. You can RSVP at Community@JLTacoma.org. Guests are encouraged to donate $15 to the Junior League of Tacoma to help support the upcoming Tacoma-based youth shelter, the Young Adult Shelter and Day Center directed by Community Youth Services. Read our award-winning South Sound magazine Special Report: The State of Family Homelessness in Pierce County here.