Attention-grabbing campaign raises awareness of homeless youth

CLEVELAND -- This morning, Tower City visitors were shocked by what they saw. Life-like figures representing homeless youth in Cuyahoga County were placed around the shopping center, and it stopped people in their tracks.

Each figure carries a message with it. You will see the reasons why kids are often out on the streets printed on their sweatshirts.

After seeing the figures, more businesses are asking for them, so they can support the issue of helping missing and homeless teens.

Sometimes they are kicked out of their homes because they are LGBT. Many leave home because they are physically abused.

Once on their own they are targeted by pimps and sex traffickers.

"We are asking that people look around and show compassion. We are really concerned about these kids," says Karen McHenry, who heads up Bellefaire's Missing and Homeless Youth Program.

Doner Advertising in Cleveland donated its services for the public awareness campaign, which lasts the month of May. Thirty of the teenage figures will be placed around the community for the project called "Take a Closer Look." Channel 3 is proud to be a partner.

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