“Somebodies” Invites A Closer Look At Youth Homelessness In Everett, WA

June 26, 2015



“Somebodies” have been placed in spots around Everett. Click photo to learn more about how you can help.

Everett is the site for a unique project by Cocoon House to raise awareness of youth experiencing homelessness. The project is getting underway this week and is a great way for folks to stop, take a second look at who they see on the street and maybe discover ways to take positive action.

The focal point of the ‘Take a Closer Look’ campaign are more than a dozen life-like mannequins which are placed all over the City of Everett on location partner sites. These mannequins also referred to as ‘Somebodies’ are a representation of homeless youth. Each figure or ‘Somebody’ is wearing a sweatshirt that informs on why a young person may become homeless or a subsequent threat to their wellbeing.

“We want our community to take a closer look at youth homelessness and know that these are our kids – kids like any other. We want to build awareness and inspire solutions,” said Cassie Franklin, Cocoon House CEO.

Each ‘Somebody’ is to be accompanied by a floor graphic that provides more information on youth homelessness and ways the community can help. There will also be a video available on the campaign website savesnocokids.org and Cocoon House’s social media channels that will give additional facts on teen homelessness.

In 2014 Snohomish County schools reported over 2,500 homeless students and it is reported that within 48 hours of a teen being on the street they are approached by a sexual predator, drug dealer, or gang. If you are a teen in need of services call Cocoon House’s Safe Place 24/7 hotline at 425-877-5171.


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