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
- 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.