BIRTHFIT Regional Director: Jaclyn Diaz will be competing in a deadlifting competition, put on by the Women's Strength Coalition
At the event, up to 50 lifter-fundraisers will take turns deadlifting progressively higher weights, aiming to match dollar for pound to help lift up LGBT, often-unnoticed homeless youth. The deadlift, for the uninitiated, involves stepping up behind a loaded barbell, grasping the bar, standing up with the weight, and setting it back down on the ground. It is a simple lift that is imbued with meaning: coming forward to face a challenge, and succeeding through the simple mechanism of one’s own strength.
BIRTHFIT San Diego will be one of a few sponsors for the competition, but anyone can lift or donate to support the Sunburst Youth Housing Program.
The Sunburst Youth Housing Program is an innovative youth supportive housing project that is one of the first of its kind in the United States. Run by The Center San Diego, The Youth Housing Project provides affordable, supportive housing for youth between 18-24 years of age, with a special focus on LGBTQ and HIV+ youth. These high-risk youth were living in the streets or in public spaces after having been ejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation.
The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego at 1640 Broadway, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. The facility is wheelchair accessible and contains two units that have been retrofitted to accommodate persons in wheelchairs.