On the night of Friday, April 24, Michaela ’22 and Ainsley ’24 Kroon gave up their beds and slept out in cardboard boxes to join in solidarity with the thousands of homeless youth in the United States, who are especially vulnerable during this unprecedented pandemic. With the help and generosity of more than 15 GSB families, they were able to raise over $8,000 to support Covenant House, an organization that provides shelter and resources to homeless and at risk youth. “Countless GSB students and their families quickly stepped up and offered their support in this initiative, and I feel very grateful to be part of this generous community,” said their mother, Dr. Jody Kroon. 4.2 million young people will face homelessness in America this year. Covenant House provides these young people with safe shelter and wrap-around services, including educational programs, job training and placement, medical services, mental health and substance use counseling, legal aid, and holistic wellness, to help them achieve independence and realize the great promise of their lives. These homeless communities are even more vulnerable now, due to COVID-19, and are more likely to get sick and suffer higher mortality rates.
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