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St. Louis County students to raise awareness of homelessness

UPDATE: Due to ice and snow in the forecast, this event has been postponed. A new date hasn't yet been set. --- The Youth in Action program in central and northern St. Louis County is spending a night outside sleeping in cardboard boxes to help r...

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This 2016 file photo shows the Cardboard Box City set up at the Biwabik Paviliion to raise awareness of the problems of homelessness. Youth in Action students will again be sleeping outside in cardboard boxes on November 17. (Photo courtesy of St. Louis County)
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UPDATE: Due to ice and snow in the forecast, this event has been postponed. A new date hasn't yet been set.

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The Youth in Action program in central and northern St. Louis County is spending a night outside sleeping in cardboard boxes to help raise awareness of homelessness.
The Cardboard Box City event starts today, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. at the Biwabik Pavilion, 100 Fifth Ave. S. in Biwabik. The event is taking place as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
A count conducted last January showed 178 people were unsheltered homeless in St. Louis County, and 32 of those were youths without a parent or guardian.
About 100 students will be taking part in today’s event, constructing cardboard shelters, holding discussions about poverty, homelessness and contributing factors, and making blankets that will be donated to people in need - in addition to sleeping outside.
Youth in Action is a youth service organization that brings together students from 14 schools in St. Louis County. Its mission is to promote youth leadership and bring positive change to northern Minnesota.

Related Topics: HOMELESSNESS
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