Faces without Places provides and participates in several awareness initiatives, often through presentations, workshops and outreach opportunities for educators, interested volunteers, school-aged children and anyone else wishing to learn about and help us further our mission.
Change 4 Change
Change 4 Change is an educational outreach program that allows Faces without Places to go into classrooms and start a dialogue about homelessness and its surrounding issues. Students will watch documentaries, read books and participate in interactive activities designed to open their eyes and minds to the realities of homelessness.
In addition, students have the opportunity to act upon their newfound awareness by helping children experiencing homelessness in various ways. In the past, students have participated in service projects, volunteered, and raised funds (through penny wars, etc.) to purchase school supplies and other crucial items for children experiencing homelessness. We have had great experiences with these projects, but are always open to new ideas.
Faces without Places will help educate your class/group and provide a speaker and the resources you need to get started. Classrooms of all ages are welcome to apply to be part of Change 4 Change. Any teachers, parents or students who are interested in tailoring a presentation on homelessness to suit their classroom, please contact Megan at Megan@faceswithoutplaces.org or (513) 389-0805.
Homeless Awareness Month
October is Cincinnati’s Homeless Awareness Month, when local high schools and colleges educate their students and staff on the plight of homelessness. City-Wide Shantytown is the main event during Homeless Awareness Month; its goal is to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness through a “one night without a home” awareness sleep out in cardboard boxes.
Since 2008, a partnership between the Mayerson High School Service-Learning Program, the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, and Faces without Places has built great awareness in our region’s schools concerning the struggles facing our homeless neighbors. The partnership tagline, “Think Outside the Box,” encourages participants to think creatively and from a new perspective to address homelessness. This partnership is crucial to the event’s regional success.
Contact Megan at Megan@faceswithoutplaces.org or (513) 389-0805 to see how your school can get involved!