A Teens for Jeans denim drive will take place at Central Lafourche High School through February 13. This campaign, sponsored by the school’s Beta club, is designed to bring everyone together for the common cause of getting jeans in the hands of homeless teens. All gently worn, donated jeans in any size or brand will reach a local teen shelter.
Teen homelessness continues to be a huge crisis. In the U.S., 39 percent of the homeless population is under the age of 18. The average teen becomes homeless at 14.7 years of age. Presently, 1.7 million teens and children are homeless. A US Department of Health and Human Services study found that 46 percent of homeless youth left their home because of physical abuse and 17 percent left because of sexual abuse.
The local denim drive is being held in conjunction with DoSomething.org, a national not-for-profit organization that makes it possible for teens to change the world. It is DoSomething.org’s goal to inspire, support, and celebrate a generation of doers: people who see the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done and then take action.
Getting involved is simple. Just bring in gently worn jeans in any size or brand to the main office at Central Lafourche High School, on Hwy. 1 in Mathews.
This year, the top collecting school will win a $10,000 school grant, a private school concert by The Vamps and more. Other top schools can also win a $5,000 grant. As an incentive to CLHS students, the Beta club is rewarding the homeroom that brings in the most jean donations with a pizza party.
We all have jeans that are too small, too tight, too big, or too out-dated. So please help out homeless teens in this area and all over the U.S. by cleaning out your closet and donating to a worthy cause.
For more information, visit www.dosomething.org or www.teensforjeans.com. To speak to the local person in charge at CLHS, call Tyler Dufrene at 985-532-3319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Lafourche High School students prepare jeans to be donated to the Teens for Jeans denim drive going on through February 13.
Posted on Fri, February 6, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette