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Fit Friday class helps homeless at-risk youth stay active

Class helps homeless at-risk youth stay active
Posted at 7:55 AM, Dec 18, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — HELP of Southern Nevada is doing what it can to make sure homeless youth have the resources they need to lead an active and healthy life.

As part of our 13 Days and Knights of giving initiative, we are highlighting the great work of this nonprofit and sharing its stories of hope and inspiration.

HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center has a variety of programs to help at-risk and homeless youth stay on track. One of those programs is called Fit Friday’s.

“You’re able to see them transition and learn how to cope and deal with their mental health issues,” Eric Brown said.

Eric is the program manager at the center and says the center creates a family dynamic for the kids.

“It teaches them unity and togetherness as a group because they do reside here together,” Eric said.

The center helps the hardest to serve. Many come from traumatic situations like trafficking and aging out of foster care. Some also have been in the justice system.

This program helps keep them focused on the future.

“It’s so important for a few aspects is the mental health aspect. If they have a way to release it when they’re dealing with their mental health will help them release their anger and their tension and stuff like that,” Eric said.

13 Days and Knights is sponsored by the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation.