Sleep Out to Support Covenant House

On any given night there are between 500 and 1000 young people living on the streets in Vancouver. Vancouver’s downtown streets are dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace. Many youth are re-victimized on the streets, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances are often worse. Exposed to the elements, lonely, afraid and without hope; this is the reality for kids on the street. Your support will enable Covenant House to connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care.

On May 4, 2017, women will unite in the spirit of motherhood, and sisterhood, to share love and comfort with homeless young people. You can, too. Reserve a sleeping bag. Let your life be touched by a young person who needs to know you care. The Sleep Out: Mothers Edition is a specific call to action for women to spend one night sleeping on the street to raise funds to support our Street Outreach Program.You can help by making a donation to support a Sleep Out participant.

Join the Sleep Out movement and make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of homeless youth.

When: May 4, 2017 | 7pm – 7am

Where: 575 Drake St, Vancouver BC, V6B 4K8

Learn more about the Sleep Out

Parenting Support to Help Children with ADHD

Childhood friendships can have a significant influence on the rest of our lives. In addition to their sentimental value, these early peer relationships are crucial for feeling comfort and companionship as well as learning valuable social skills, such as sharing and compromising. However, building friendships may not come naturally for children with ADHD, and their parents need to know how to talk to their child about peer problems – and how to help them with social issues.

The UBC Peer Relationships in Childhood Lab, directed by Dr. Amori Mikami, is offering a free parenting group for families of children (6-11 years old) who have diagnosed or suspected ADHD/ADD and poor social skills. Parents have the chance to learn about social problems and how to help their child build friendships.

Families of children with ADHD receive 10 weeks of parenting support groups. The purpose of the groups is to help parents learn more about their child’s ADHD and social problems, to receive support from other families experiencing the same concerns, and to help parents better handle these issues in their children. Groups meet weekly at a time that is convenient for parents. Groups are held at the Vancouver Coastal Health Sunrise site (2750 Hastings Street, East Vancouver), and free childcare is provided. Families from all areas are welcome, and participating families receive money for completing study measures.

For more information, please contact the UBC Peer Relationships in Childhood Lab at 604‐822‐8756, peerlab@psych.ubc.ca or peerlab.psych.ubc.ca.