UTSleepOut raises funds, awareness for homeless youth

Monday , March 06, 2017 - 4:04 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff and Youth Futures photos.

Participants in the UTSleepOut raised about $22,000 for Ogden nonprofit Youth Futures, according to executive director Kristen Mitchell. The event, held Friday, March 3, 2017, until the following morning, put participants outside to experience what homeless youth in Utah go through every night. Held at Weber State University’s Ogden campus in a parking lot outside of the Student Services Center, the event provided cardboard to mark a sleeping spot, soup for dinner donated by Love Soup, coffee and hot cocoa from Daily Rise Coffee and breakfast burritos from EvenStevens. About 50 people and 20 volunteers participated. “I think it went good for a first year event,” Mitchell said. “I think we need to increase our visibility on it earlier so we can get more participants next year.” Youth Futures plans to make the UTSleepOut an annual event, she said.