Helping the homeless often comes from the hands of policymakers or researchers, rather than from one young person helping another. A new Detroit-area project hopes to make that change with a group of young volunteers aiding homeless youth.
Help Bring Hope is a volunteering project founded by Lena Juratli, a recent graduate of International Academy High School. The group has a one big goal: to help every homeless kid in America, starting with Michigan.
“Is that ambitious? Yes,” Juratli told Stateside. “But do I think it’s possible? Yes.”
And so far, things are looking good – student volunteers have delivered over 12,000 items to homeless youth shelters in the Detroit area.
Juratli joined Stateside to discuss her vision for Help Bring Hope and its volunteers.