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God on the Streets

Subway Scavenger Hunt 

The Basics

“God on the Streets” is an annual subway scavenger hunt for youth. It is an opportunity to bring young adults, aged 13-20 years together to Toronto to explore Canada’s largest urban centre. While on this journey, we provide care packages to those we encounter who are homeless or ask for support. 

This year, our goal is to grow the event by building on the foundations of faith, connection and community nurtured at CLAY. We are also aiming to expose our young people to the realities faced by those experiencing homelessness through the addition of a stop at a youth shelter or food bank, as permitted by shelter/food bank staff.

We want to grow from 20-30 participants to 60 in 2019!  To share this day with those within drive-able distance from Etobicoke. For 2019, we’re opening our audience to other ministry areas, and varying denominations, including our Anglican partners in full communion. This allows our young people that connected at CLAY the opportunity to see each other more than once every two years, while allowing for the forging of new connections.

We are grateful for a grant from the Eastern Synod YAYA Committee to make this an amazing experience for more young people.

This expanded event will expose participants to the strengths and challenges faced by urban populations, in addition to landmarks in the city. The groups are no larger than 5 young people and 1 adult, allowing for an excellent ratio and minimizing the likelihood of getting separated or lost. Young people and volunteers use the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) day passes to travel along Line 1, stopping periodically to take pictures as dictated by provided riddles. 

How the subway scavenger hunt works...

Participants are exposed to the strengths and challenges faced by urban populations, in addition to landmarks in the city. The groups are no larger than 5 young people and 1 adult, allowing for an excellent ratio and minimizing the likelihood of getting separated or lost. Young people and volunteers use the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) day passes to travel along Line 1, stopping periodically to take pictures as dictated by provided riddles.

In the past, landmarks have included: Scotiabank Arena, Rogers’ Centre, CN Tower, Eaton’s Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, the cherry blossoms at Robart’s Library, Queen’s Park Parliamentary Buildings, and SickKids Hospital. This year, we are hoping to add specific stops at homeless shelters in the downtown core, where the groups will learn a little about the struggles of being a homeless young person in Toronto.