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The event is now open to under 18s and will see the youth programme taken to schools all across the country to educate young people on homelessness

A charity has challenged young people in Scotland to join the fight to end homelessness.

Social Bite has announced the launch of its second Wee Sleep Out – a programme for under 18s to join the charity’s movement to end homelessness.

This year, the programme intends to go bigger and better, with a target of 10,000 young people across Scotland hosting their own sleep outs and participating in Social Bite’s workshops facilitated by the co-founder, Dr Alice Thompson.

Workshops focus on homelessness and encouraging young people to think about their own social objectives and potential future social enterprises. The sleep out events can take place inside or outside as long as they’re giving up their bed for a floor and raising awareness about homelessness in Scotland.

There is no minimum fundraising target or registration fee, and under 18s across Scotland are encouraged to take part and benefit from the range of resources available to participating groups. Social Bite asks that young people raise as much as they can, but say it is important to them to be inclusive and remove all barriers to engagement.

The youth programme aims to encourage under 18s to have confidence and make their voices heard when it comes to tackling homelessness on both a national and global stage. Wee Sleep Out events will take place over Scotland on the weekend of 7 December, the same weekend as The World’s Big Sleep Out, which is run by Social Bite’s sister charity, World’s Big Sleep Out Trust, and was inspired by the concept of Wee Sleep Out.

Thompson said: “I was shocked and delighted when over 5,000 young people organised their own sleep out events all over the country last November and raised over £110,000. It’s been inspirational to discover such passion in Scotland’s youth for positive social change. It’s important to me that they understand that social enterprise is not complicated. They can do what Social Bite has done, and more, for their own cause using the power of business to tackle the world’s problems.”

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