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Community: Spectrum's Sleep Out for homeless teens

Published March 1, 2013 at 4:00 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:35 p.m.

Many of us look forward to sleeping under the stars in the summer — but it's another thing entirely to be camping out in the cold. Unfortunately, many young Vermonters don't have any other option. Last March, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, a nonprofit nationally recognized for its homeless youth programs, held the inaugural Spectrum's Sleep out, in which 43 business and community leaders showed solidarity by slumbering outside on cardboard boxes and tarps. It raised $90,000 for Spectrum's programs supporting local teens and young adults. The Sleep Out is back this year on March 28, with participants committed to raising at least $2000 each for the cause. "We live in such a wonderful part of the world that it is often very easy to forget the challenges that many of our teens face," wrote Katie Langrock, Vermont Teddy Bear Company's senior vice president and COO, after participating last year. "Spectrum can help these teenagers change their lives."

Spectrum's Sleep Out: Find out who's participating, and how to donate, at spectrumvt.org.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Carolyn Fox

Carolyn Fox

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Carolyn Fox was the Seven Days calendar editor from 2009-2012. From 2012-2013, she was the managing editor of Kids VT. She currently works as Special Publications Manager for Seven Days.

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