SAFE PLACE FOR YOUTH
ANNOUNCES SAFE AND SOUND VIRTUAL BENEFIT CONCERT
MAY 19, 5PM PT / 8PM ET [RSVP]
EVENT HOSTED BY DAVE BURD A.K.A. LIL DICKY
TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY:
ALOE BLACC, MATT BERNINGER of THE NATIONAL, YOUNG THE GIANT, GROUPLOVE, NATHAN WILLET of THE COLD WAR KIDS, DAVID SABASTIAN, PHANTOM PLANET,
MILK CARTON KIDS, NOMBE, BEACH BUNNY, BRYAN GREENBERG, LEIF VOLLEBEKK,
DAVID RYAN HARRIS, FRANK TURNER, JAE-MI, BILL WAVES and SIERRA SELLERS
A QUARANTINE COOKING INTERMISSION with GIADA DE LAURENTIIS
PLUS S.P.Y. YOUTH MUSICIANS: YEYA, METAMORPHOSIS, RELLY D., KALIHEIR & GABRIEL
"I started coming to S.P.Y. over two years ago,” says S.P.Y. music program member and Safe and Sound performer Relly D. “This organization changed my life and offered a place where I could be just me. I am so happy to be a part of this concert to raise awareness for S.P.Y. and youth homelessness. S.P.Y. is all LOVE.”
"I am very happy to be a part of Safe Place for Youth's Safe and Sound benefit concert,” adds Aloe Blacc. "It is really important right now for people to come together to help support our homeless youth and vulnerable members of our population. I hope this concert can also bring some uplifting moments to people in their homes.”
The mission of S.P.Y. is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time. S.P.Y. is the leading service provider for this vulnerable population on the Westside of Los Angeles, where it supports over 1,500 youth annually.
This mission is more vital than ever. In the midst of the pandemic, the youth whom S.P.Y. serves are at an increased risk of complications if they contract COVID-19. According to a report published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “Homeless individuals infected by COVID-19 would be twice as likely to be hospitalized, two to four times as likely to require critical care, and two to three times as likely to die than the general population.”
S.P.Y.’s residential programs are still up and running 24/7, and they continue to provide basic survival needs, case management, counseling, and essential resources to street-based youth. This concert will help to raise funds in place of previous scheduled fundraising events that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are excited about the Safe and Sound Concert and all of the support we have received from the community and this amazing lineup of artists,” says Alison Hurst, Founder and Executive Director of Safe Place for Youth. “Our team of dedicated professionals are on the frontline every day, working hard to provide safety to our young people. The funds and awareness raised during this concert will help us to carry out our commitment to our mission of ending youth homelessness, in our community and beyond.”
Founded in 2011, Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.) is a Venice Beach, CA-based community non-profit organization focused on providing support to homeless youth in Los Angeles. The numbers of homeless youth have grown to epidemic proportions, meaning we must respond to the crisis by continuing to grow our programs and maintaining our leadership role with coalition groups working to end youth homelessness. SPY does this on a daily basis through street outreach, counseling, health clinic services, housing programs, education and employment support, mentorship, art workshops, basic survival needs and more. In 2019 alone, 1.5k+ homeless youth were served, 130 exited homelessness, and 105 gained employment through SPY’s continuum of care.
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