To be added to our event calendar, please email Marie Roberts, Campaign Director and include your Organization/Company Name and Host City or Town for event. Marie will contact you and confirm availability.

After receiving your confirmation engagement date via email, please download
our “Community Event Questionnaire” and “Engagement Toolkit” here to begin planning your event.

Click here to create your Event Fundraising page. Please contact our Fundraising Agent Paige Tibbles at Chimp if you require assistance.


joestreetJoe Roberts, former homeless youth turned successful entrepreneur is paying it forward by pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km’s across Canada to prevent youth homelesness.

This national awareness trek, dubbed The Push for Change, will see over 400 community and school engagements.

Our Community Champions are superior at organizing people and events!

They bring together vibrant energetic people to engage and empower their communities! Supporting the development of young people is what we are truly passionate about.


THE PROBLEM: It is estimated that there are approximately 65,000 young people across Canada who are homeless or living at homeless shelters and thousands more who are at-risk each year.

Youth homelessness isn’t always visible. You may not see it in your community because youth may have found temporary shelter at a friends’ house, or they have migrated to a larger city.

They typically come from homes characterized by family

conflict of some kind, disruptions to school and family life, neglect and poverty. Many  are in thegirlstreet

throws of adolescent development, and lack life experience and the skills and supports to live independently, including the ability to secure employment and housing.

Homeless youth are also more vulnerable to exploitation. Virtually every young person who becomes homeless was in school at one point and was in contact with an adult (teacher, guidance counselor, coach) who knew something was wrong. It makes sense for prevention to start in our schools!


AWARENESS – to draw as many people from the community as possible so they may hear Joe’s personal story of his life as a homeless youth.

All will be inspired as he shares his story of transformation from adversity to success, his possibility mindset that “there is more inside each and every one of us than we can see”, and his vision to help prevent youth from living a life like he did. Youth will be empowered and challenged to stay engaged in their families, their schools and their communities.

Adults will be educated and inspired to think differently about youth homelessness and the power of keeping youth engaged.

FUNDRAISE – If every Canadian donated .50¢ during the Push for Change trek, $17,000,000 will be raised to support The Upstream Project, and other eligible organizations enabling the start of a school-prevention model in Canada that aims to prevent youth homelessness.

All funds raised during the trek will be allocated to The Upstream Project, and, where an organization who works with youth-at-risk has teamed with the Community Champion to plan and be a part of the community event, (or are the Community Champion themselves) 50% of funds raised will be donated to that eligible organization.

Criteria for eligible organizations:

-must support youth at risk (ages 13-24) of becoming homeless:

-Emergency shelters,

-Youth drop-in centres

-Outreach services provider and/or Transitional housing initiative organizations

-must be a not-for-profit organization with a Canada Revenue Agency charitable tax number

-must have a Chimp account for direct deposit.


Working together is better. We hope you will build a local planning committee to help share the responsibilities. Support will be found among individuals working in the homelessness cause in your community and Push

for Change sponsor representatives. Additional committee members you may wish to consider include youth (please empower them!), Chamber of Commerce, municipal employees, school, service club and community members.

Our hope is that members of the Push for Change planning committee will represent a cross section of local homelessness organizations, empowered youth and people with a passion to build support and awareness for youth homelessness in their community.

Ideally the committee members will have extensive local knowledge and be able to provide contacts and resources within the community. 

We will provide you with names of potential local planning committee members if we have connections in your area.



  • Begins in St. John’s on May 1st, 2016 and crosses the nation before finishing in Vancouver on September 30th, 2017
  • 517 days, 17 months
  • 10 provinces and engagements in 3 territories
  • Over 9,000 kilometers, (13 million steps)
  • Over 400 community and school events
  • Over 100,000 direct , 500,000 indirect connections with youth / general public
  • Full Social and Traditional Communication Plan developed
  • Primary message is prevention and youth Empowerment
  • Completing the campaign in the year of Canada’s 150th Birthday


6:00am - 1:00pmJoe walks 24km pushing the shopping cart
2:00pm - 7:00pmSchool and Community engagements
(One day per week is a full engagement day)