FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A group of teenagers at area schools are participating in a clothing drive to help homeless teens. Jeans are the most requested item by homeless teens because they are durable and provide a sense of normalcy.
‘Jeans for Teens’ is a project from DoSomething.org, a national organization for young people interested in social change.
Schools have a chance to win up to $3,000 and some students can win a $5,000 scholarship.
Northrop, Northside high schools and Portage Middle School are already collecting jeans and are inviting the community to get involved.
“Be the change you want to see in the world,” quoted Alexis York, a junior at Northrop. It’s a statement from Gandhi she said she takes to heart. “We do this to make a change in the community.”
York is part of a 20 member club called Interact. It’s part of Rotary International, which sponsors student clubs that work specifically on organizing service projects that give back to communities.
As Northrop teacher Christine Binns explains, the students pick what projects they want to work on. “We as advisers are just blessed to work with these wonderful young people,” she said.
Community members wishing to participate in ‘Jeans for Teens’ can drop off new or gently used jeans at any of these locations:
North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd.- collection ends Feb. 26
Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Rd.- collection ends Feb.19
Portage Middle School, 3521 Taylor St.- collection ends Feb. 26