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Support homeless youth by donating tokens or money:
"Tokens for Change", in TTC stations, February 11

One third of Canada’s homeless people are between the ages of 16 and 24. Here’s one way that you can help get homeless youth back on track.

Tomorrow, Friday, February 11, Tokens 4 Change and high schools across Toronto join in a one-day event to raise TTC tokens for Youth Without Shelter, which uses 5,000 TTC tokens to help 1,000 homeless youth in Toronto each year. The tokens let homeless young people visit the doctor, get to and from school or travel to job interviews.

Tomorrow, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., high schools will each “own” subway stations and students from those schools will perform on the subway platforms to encourage you to donate tokens or cash to buy tokens. You can expect to see choirs, drum bands, dance mobs, poets and other acts in stations throughout the TTC’s network.

Project Humanity, a local non-profit organization raising social awareness through the arts, recently led workshops with local high school students and professional artists to create on-platform performances that shed light on homelessness and why tokens are an important way to help homeless young men and women.

A roving troupe of local artists will complement these station-specific performances by performing spontaneously at various stations.

Student volunteers will thank you for contributing cash or tokens by distributing free TTC token holders. You can also donate five tokens without visiting a TTC station by texting 45678. You’ll find the cost of five tokens on your next phone bill.

Rogers, KISS-FM — and the TTC — are all supporting the event.