Student Alliance for Homeless Youth (SAHY), a local organization run by high school students from New Trier, Loyola Academy and Maine South High Schools, was recognized “for diligent efforts and commitment to supporting college scholarships for homeless students” by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. The recognition was awarded during the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on June 22, 2017.
Since it’s founding in 2010, SAHY has raised more than $20,000 for the CCH college scholarship program, each year committing $3,000 to support scholarships and legal aid programs to help homeless students and unaccompanied youth. SAHY’s high-school members raise money to support these programs through a letter-writing campaign, supply drives, a raffle, and an annual fundraiser paddle party.
Through these efforts, SAHY also raised money to support summer enrichment programs at nine family shelters provided by Chicago Hopes for Kids, and a camp scholarship for two children to attend a “safe-day” camp program at Kelly Hall YMCA in Humboldt Park in Chicago.
SAHY is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation inspired by the belief that all children have a right to shelter, food, education and freedom from abuse and exploitation. SAHY’s three-fold mission is to build awareness of the issue of youth homelessness, help reduce educational barriers, and provide service and outreach to homeless children and teens. For more information about SAHY, contact [email protected]
Submitted by Student Alliance for Homeless Youth