“Youth need us, I never want to turn away a youth” – Frederick Dryden
On October 14th, Frederick Dryden, founder and director of Liberty for Youth, began a 650km run from Ottawa to Hamilton. He is running a marathon a day over the next three weeks and will arrive home in Hamilton on November 5th where he will run the last 10km in the Road for Hope.
The run is part of a three-year campaign to raise $650,000 for the programs of Liberty for Youth, a non -profit organization based in Hamilton. Frederick is hoping to raise awareness and create sustainability for its programs which are geared to helping at-risk youth.
Sadly, the vision for the run was born out of a very deep loss. During the last two years, Liberty for Youth tragically lost two of their youth who had participated in their program. After funding cuts and reduced programs it meant they could no longer participate. Still today, some youth who really need help have to be turned away.
Liberty for Youth started in 2003 out of the basement of Frederick and his wife’s home. Frederick always knew that he would do something to help young people as he understood the challenges of navigating a difficult life as a youth. One thing people learn about Frederick when they first meet him is his passion and heart for young people, especially those in crisis or conflict with the law. Liberty for Youth has been evolving for over 12 years now thanks to the integral partnerships and donors who have invested their time and money. They are based in Hamilton and run several programs for kids aged 12 to 25.
You can learn more about this organization at: http://www.libertyforyouth.org/