Benefit concert helps bring awareness to homeless youth

Benefit concert helps bring awareness to homeless youth

LAWTON, Okla._A local organization held a benefit concert in hopes of bringing awareness to homeless youth.

Inspirational music and green, the color for homeless youth awareness, filled the Hilton Garden Inn during the 5th annual concert hosted by The Next Step program. The organization's founder, Onreka Givens Johnson, says homeless youth can be found in every city including Lawton.

"It's important because we need to let people know there is a challenge here, in the last school year ending in 2015 there were 704 young people identified," said Johnson.

The Next Step works throughout the year fundraising to help provide homeless youth age 18-to-21 with housing, supportive services, and street outreach.

If you're interested in volunteering and working with young people through The Next Step, for more information you can call 580-917-0266.