By facilitating the preparation and distribution of baked potatoes to residents of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside in bi-weekly outreach initiatives, we hope to make a small difference in the lives of homeless Canadians by alleviating pressing hunger.
Simultaneously, we are giving our youth volunteers an opportunity to directly engage in dialogue with the people we are trying to help. Sometimes, offering something as simple as a warm meal and a meaningful conversation can uplift spirits and make all the difference.
As a youth-led movement, we are intimately aware of the critical importance social media plays in reaching an audience of not only our peers, but Canadians across the country. Our media campaigns actively work to inspire activism and demand for a solution, while promoting sweeping socioeconomic reform.
By engaging the public with short biographical stories of the marginalized citizens we encounter (in the form of “Humans of New York” photos and video interviews) we hope to give them a voice and show everyday Canadians that the people who are forced to live on the streets aren’t so different from ourselves. This is the part of the movement where we eliminate the stigma and make abundantly clear: homelessness is not a hot potato.
Finally, the School Network Programme, currently comprising of nearly twenty chapters in high schools across the Lower Mainlanda, engages youth within their school communities through promotional events, fundraisers, and meetings. Our young ambassadors promote the organization and our mission through social media, word-of-mouth, and outreach.