> Published in Kamloops This Week, by Dale Bass,
Kristin Tilbury isn’t used to being viewed as the older person. And, at 24, it’s understandable since her teen years aren’t that far behind her. She’s comfortable in her big-sister role, she said, because the teens she is working with are teaching her about a reality she has never experienced ? homelessness. The group ? Youth Against Youth Homelessness ?is part of the city’s Homelessness Action Plan volunteers, people who are working with agencies and government to develop strategies to reduce homelessness. Kamloops and Kingston were the first two cities to establish a youth working group through funding provided by a nation-wide program, Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness, said Carmin Mazotta, the city’s project manager for housing and homelessness. Tilbury saw an ad earlier this year looking for youth between the ages of 13 and 24 to get involved and, as the Out of the Cold program with which she had been volunteering had just shut down, she applied. The goal, Mazotta said, is to have youth identify strategies that could help others like them and then write a plan. That wasn’t enough, so Tilbury, along with others, recently spent some time at the Lansdowne Street bus depot talking about the subject for a video that will be shown later this month during Homelessness Awareness Week. The video is one of four documentaries that will be shown during the Homelessness Action Week, Oct. 13 to Oct. 19. This video was produced by Mastermind Studios. You can read more here.
You can watch this short documentary film here.
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