Through Future Eyes, a volunteer group, plans to raise local awareness about Homelessness in Newark New Jersey by coordinating the second annual National Homeless Persons Memorial Day. Today more than 400,000 families are homeless. Another 2.5 million live with friends-just one step away from being homeless, according to Homes for Homeless. Demographics, unemployment, illiteracy and domestic violence are just a few of the reasons why an estimated 12,000 people in Newark, New Jersey have been accounted as homeless, according to Newark Homeless Health Care. This event is an opportunity to generate discussion and concrete action plans to prevent homelessness in the Newark community. It is important that communities acknowledge that homelessness exists, that they are real people who lived and died. The event is held on December 21st. December 21st is the longest day of winter. Although the National Coalition has aided communities by holding the National Homeless Persons Memorial there is no National Coalition for the state of New Jersey. The two of us have grown up in a community stricken by poverty. Although there was no National Coalition for the state of New Jersey; we saw the imperativeness of bringing this event to the city of Newark on our own. We learned last year that the community was able to benefit in several ways. Newark’s commoration of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day was the first ever in New Jersey! We were able to bring in key donors such as Starbucks, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Salvation Army and other local businesses. By involving target business, we were able to use them as a resource to spread info about homelessness prior to the event. We were able to recruit student volunteers from local schools such as North Star Academy to support the event. Moreover, community members brought bags of canned goods and clothing that we were able to give to the homeless that came out to the event. Businesses, schools, local supports and non-profit organizations supported the beauty of what it means to be a community. We among youth throughout our communities are faced with the sad reality that a great percentage of our community is struggling just to eat. Therefore, we were able to hold a small event last year. Over 141 homeless persons coupled with about 100 community members came out to the event in support of T.F.E efforts to bridge the gap between the working community and the homeless community, which is growing not by the week but by the day. People who came out to the event from ages 10-60 made us promise that we hold the event again. Last year was a success but we are looking for this year to be a rip-roaring success!