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 I am sleeping outside again this year to raise money to help prevent youth homelessness. And I know some of you are thinking, “How does one prevent youth homelessness?”  The answer to that question is, I don’t really know. I have been a full time community youth worker for 6 years, and before that I was part time and volunteering with youth in the community. The thing is, the system that we all follow isn’t really designed for vulnerable and lower income youth to get ahead. It can be very frustrating. The cost of living is outrageous for a youth in a minimum wage job and it is very difficult for people to apply for subsidies or bursaries. There are job share programs and educational programs but they can be difficult to motivate youth to go to and it can be hard to get them into these programs.  I do know it is complicated. I have tried many things to motivate youth to get ahead, but when you are starting at the bottom of a pit it can be hard to see the light and get to a place where

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