This year’s Give OUT Day marks the fifth year in a row that we’re joined by a special community champion who cares deeply about ending LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Sasha Andreev is an Arise Project Givenator who’s working hard to raise funds that directly help youth in the Twin Cities. We’re proud to be one of the largest funders of LGBTQ youth services in Minnesota, but there’s a lot of work to be done. We can’t do it without help from amazing help from Sasha – and from you!
Join Sasha and Arise Project on Give OUT Day—but first, get to know this five-time Givenator and change-maker.
I’m a Minneapolis-based actor and TV host, having recently been honored as Lavender Magazine’s 2016 Theatre Artist of the Year. I’ve worked with many theaters in the Twin Cities, including upcoming performances at The Guthrie (check me out in Sunday in the Park with George, starting in mid-June!). On screen, viewers might know me as the host of Curb Appeal on HGTV, Operation Build on A&E/FYI, as a frequent guest expert on the EVINE shopping network, and from a number of TV commercials.
As a Russian immigrant, I know first-hand how community support can make all the difference. Often teased for being different while growing up, my network of friends and family definitely softened these difficulties. Because of them, I had support. Because of them, I am able to live a proud life.
Why I’m supporting Give OUT Day and Arise Project
Unfortunately, there are thousands of young people in Minnesota who don’t have the same support I did when I was growing up. I’m helping Greater Twin Cities United Way raise funds on Give OUT Day because I want to end youth homelessness.
We know that up to 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. These teens and young adults face extraordinary obstacles at a time in their lives when they should be thinking about homework, part-time jobs, and prom dates. Instead, they’re couch-hopping, sleeping on the streets, and facing much higher risks of sex trafficking and abuse.
As Minnesotans, we pride ourselves on being a progressive, forward-thinking, compassionate community. Yet our state invests about one fifth of what other states spend on LGBTQ youth issues. Solving youth homelessness isn’t easy – but it starts with people like you and me to serve as a voice for the voiceless! Let’s show our MN love for those who could really use it.
Are you IN for Give OUT Day? I hope you’ll join me as I race to raise $10,000 in a single day! Your donation will directly help youth in the Twin Cities, and you’ll be helping me strengthen our community.