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 480 of our Eugene-Springfield 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-Springfield 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-Springfield student will drop out of school due to homelessness.

  • Our community will rise to the expectation that Eugene-Springfield youth should never have to navigate school and life alone.

  • Eugene-Springfield is a culture of caring and understanding for our youth experiencing homelessness.

  • Eugene-Springfield residents know how to intervene on behalf of a youth who has run away or experiencing homelessness.

  • All young people in Eugene-Springfield learn about the dangers of living on the street.

  • All Eugene-Springfield youth know how to get help and find safe alternatives to the street.

Join the 15th Night Community Movement.
We safeguard our Eugene-Springfield students from going out on the street, and intervening quickly if they do.