17th ‘butterfly’ graduation honors at-risk, homeless youth

Apr 11, 2014

Homeless and at-risk youth from Cocoon House will be recognized and honored for their perseverance and hard work on April 17.

The 17th annual Cocoon House Butterfly Graduation will be held at noon on April 17 at the Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. The community is invited to join in the celebration of these brave teens and young adults.

It’s not your typical graduation. Noisemakers give you the opportunity to cheer – loudly – for these teens as they receive medals for staying clean and sober, graduating, getting their GED, maintaining housing and many other accomplishments.

The Butterfly Graduation is a time to not only recognize our youth’s hard work to change paths, but to listen to their life stories and learn how they overcame their obstacles.

“These are teens and young adults who have faced challenges some of us will never face in order to become who they are today,” said Cocoon House CEO Cassie Franklin. “Their successes have required a great deal of personal commitment and strength.”

Everyone in the community is invited to attend. Admission is $15 with a suggested donation of $100.

Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit Cocoon House’s work with these youths.

“Come show your support to our youth and let them know their community cares,” Franklin said.

Cocoon House provides street outreach and advocacy, housing and prevention services to at-risk and homeless teens and their families throughout Snohomish County.

Since 1991, Cocoon House has been the only organization in the county that focuses exclusively on teen homelessness.  It believes that every child deserves a home and the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential.

Combined, these programs served over 1,700 youth in 2012-2013. For additional information and to get involved, contact Cocoon House at 425-259-3342 or visit www.cocoonhouse.org.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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