Data gathered in 2016 by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority estimates that there are 2,263 homeless youth (ages 0-24) in the city of Los Angeles. Their 2015 Homeless Count reported 2,013 homeless youth under the age of 18 living in the greater Los Angeles area .
We will be collecting toys and books at our school to donate to homeless shelters in our neighborhood in time for the holidays. We hope to use this opportunity to introduce ourselves to the shelters in our area while making an immediate impact on kids currently living in shelters.
We will equip youth who are currently experiencing homelessness with a selection of books that are at or slightly above their reading level. We will offer opportunities to read with members of our Girls Build LA team with the goal of fostering a love of reading and improved reading skills and habits. We know that strong readers are strong students and we hope to positively impact the academic futures of children currently living in shelters.