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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2010

City, reStart and young leaders team up to dodge teen homelessness

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Office of Civic and Community Engagement, in conjunction with reStart Inc., will sponsor a dodgeball tournament to raise youth homelessness awareness on Saturday, Nov. 13. The Engage KC Leadership Board would like to challenge all businesses, schools and faith-based organizations to help tackle homelessness by registering a team for the tournament.

Statistics compiled for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in connection with Kansas City’s Continuum of Care project indicate that there are more than 2,000 homeless youth in the Kansas City area. In the entire five-county metropolitan area, there are only 59 emergency shelter beds and 119 transitional beds available for such youth. In 2009, reStart, an interfaith ministry, served 188 unaccompanied homeless youth ages 12-18 in its Youth Emergency Shelter.

“This number has continuously increased since the economic recession. Many of our families are facing difficult decisions,” said Councilwoman Sharon Sanders-Brooks. “I am impressed that our young people are reaching out to help their peers.”

“Although these dollars will not solve homelessness, we hope to bring a heightened awareness to this issue,” stated Manny Abarca, chair of the Engage KC Leadership Board.

Early bird registration is $100 per team, and regular registration is $150 per team. Other monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to reStart and other youth initiatives.

Teams may register online at www.kcmo.org/engagekc.

Questions about this event should be directed to Thalia Cherry, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, 816-513-1378.

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