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St. Louis executives, city leader 'sleep out' to raise awareness of homeless youth

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By Eric Lorenz By Eric Lorenz

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – Some big names from the St. Louis are slept outside Thursday night to raise awareness about the hundreds of teenagers in our area who are homeless and need help.

The event was named the “Executive Sleep Out.” In addition to raising awareness, money was raised for Covenant House Missouri. Covenant House is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping displaced St. Louis youth between the ages of 16 and 21.

Experts estimate 2,000 youth in the St. Louis area at any given time sleep under a bridge, an abandoned building or other dangerous places during the night. Some are fleeing a life of abuse, neglect or chronic poverty.

News 4's Robin Smith talked to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay Friday morning. He said, "We slept outside in the cold, in the evening to experience what somebody might experience sleeping outside. But we also got to meet and interact with some of the incredible young people. They have so much potential. They are bright, they have aspirations and they are doing something to help improve themselves."

Executives and city leaders from 10 other cities also participated in the event in their cities.

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