Bloom House Youth Services will host Art Attack | Free

Bloom House Youth Services will launch its first major fundraising event of 2022 this month.

Art Attack will feature local artists, food trucks, music, and a silent auction, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on September 23 at the Emporia Arts Center. Tickets are $20 per person if purchased prior to the event, $25 per person if purchased on the day, and $15 for youth under 18. All proceeds will go directly to Bloom House Youth Services.

Bloom House Youth Services has been serving youth in the Emporia area since 2019 and opened a full-time shelter for runaway and homeless youth on January 1, 2022. In addition to offering shelter services, Bloom House Youth Services is the only Center for Basic Care Program Provider in the State of Kansas. Bloom House Youth Services also offers families a free Saturday morning breakfast, youth wellness groups, art therapy, case management, and tutoring on Tuesday evenings during the school year.

The Kansas State Department of Education reported 69 homeless youth and children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade in Emporia, KS during the 2019-2020 school year; this number only reflects the number of homeless youth and children who were still enrolled in school and not those who had dropped out of school. The state’s Youth Homelessness Index currently places Kansas at an extremely low score of 47/100, especially when it comes to LGBTQ+ youth. The Bloom House Youth Services board and staff will be trained on LGBTQ+ issues and the use of affirming language in accordance with the Bloom House Youth Services Non-Discrimination Policy.

All homeless and runaway youth and at-risk youth, who have self-identified as being in need of a drop-in center, under the age of 18, will be served by the Basic Services Center program to the youth of Bloom House.

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