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Baker grads work to end youth homelessness

Most teenagers spend summer vacation soaking up the sun, partying or just being lazy, but not Helen Wilson and Amanda Mulvihill. These 2008 graduates from C.W Baker High School are both working hard to kick off the Forsaken Generation Project.

A report from CNN.com revealed that 1 in 50 kids in America are homeless. Forty two percent of these children are under the age of 6. Keep in mind these numbers do not include children who have run away. In fact, 50 percent of the children left home because they were physically abused, while 30 percent of them were sexually abused. Another report expects one in every 260 children who are homeless will die from assault, illness or suicide. (Source: National Coalition for the Homeless).

Homeless Shelters across the country are shutting down due to lack of funding, while existing shelters are struggling to stay open. Many shelters lack the necessary supplies needed to provide their residents with food, clothing and proper hygiene.

Forsaken Generation will increase awareness of youth homelessness across the country. Our nation needs to know that 1 out of every 50 children in this country are homeless. The Forsaken Generation Project will raise funding to support and expand existing shelters, while opening new shelters across the country. How? Through "The Revolution Tour," a concert series across America designed to increase awareness and build better tomorrows for America's forsaken generation.

Mulvihill and Wilson have been working with Sean Wrench (founder of Forsaken Generation) to set up concerts in Buffalo, Albany, New York, Cincinnati, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., South Bend, Ind., Jacksonville, Fla., Orlando, Fla., Tampa, Fla., Los Angeles, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Hollywood, Calif., Chicago, Ill., and Dallas, Texas. The money raised in each city will stay in that city to better equip their youth homeless shelters.

The Revolution Tour begins at Thornden Park in Syracuse July 25. Be sure to come out to this event to meet members of the Syracuse University football and basketball team. Also stick around to see Baldwinsville acts, The Scarlet Ending, 4point0 and 4:thirtyseven perform.

For more information about Forsaken Generation, visit forsakengeneration.com.

For more information about the concert July 25, visit myspace.com/forsakengenerationproject.

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