The end of the summer marked the beginning of a very long journey for MCC-Penn Valley alumnus Jordan Connell.
Connell (third from the left in the photo above) is the founder of Team 314, a group of youth advocates who are running from coast to coast this fall to raise awareness for youth homelessness. The runners will cover 3,000 miles and travel through 12 states on their way from New York City to Santa Monica, Calif. According to the team’s itinerary, they will run 40 miles a day, five days a week from mid-September through early January.
Connell, who attended MCC’s Penn Valley campus, has made it his personal quest to reverse the problem of teen homelessness. The 23 year-old is from Union, Mo. Watch Connell’s video intro here.
“The vision for the Run to End Youth Homelessness is to show homeless youth that they are not invisible and they are not forgotten, but that they are loved and valued,” says Team 314’s website.
Along the way, the team will talk with homeless youth and shelter personnel in order to learn about the needs of the youth, to gather best practices from existing programs and to educate communities about the reality faced by these “invisible teens.”
As of Monday, Nov. 5, the group’s website tracked their progress as departing from Kansas City’s Synergy Services en route to Edgerton, Kan. From there, they will head to Emporia, then on to Wichita.
For more information on Team 314, including how you can help in fulfilling their mission, visit their website here.