Preventing youth from going out on the street,
and intervening quickly if they do

One night on the street is too many. The 15th Night is a community-wide partnership that helps more than 300 of our Bethel-Eugene 4J students who are navigating school and life alone, without a permanent place to spend the night.  Bringing together existing community resources, the 15th Night focuses these resources on the safety and well-being of our vulnerable Eugene youth who do not have a parent or guardian to support them.

Why the 15th Night Matters in Our Community

  • Youth who are “new” to our streets are more likely to become chronically homeless if we do not intervene within 15 nights.
  • In 2017, we had 325 Bethel-Eugene 4J youth experiencing homelessness and identified as unaccompanied minors—90 dropped out of school.
  • For every $1 spent on youth interventions that address homelessness, the community saves $4.12 according to a New Avenues for Youth study (Portland, Oregon 2010).


“I came home to a locked door and I didn’t know what to do.” 
–15th Night Youth

our vision

  • No Eugene youth will drop out of school due to homelessness.
  • Our community will rise to the expectation that Eugene youth should never have to navigate school and life alone.
  • Eugene is a culture of caring and understanding for our youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Eugene residents know how to intervene on behalf of a youth who has run away or experiencing homelessness.
  • All young people in Eugene learn about the dangers of living on the street.
  • All Eugene youth know how to get help and find safe alternatives to the street.

Join the 15th Night Community Movement.
We help prevent our Eugene youth from going out on the street, and intervening quickly if they do.