A muppet named Lily will
be featured in a Sesame Street in Communities initiative aimed at helping kids
cope with homelessness.
Newman, Staff WriterDec.
12, 2018, at 12:01 a.m
A Muppet to Address Homelessness
Lily embraces Sofia on a
“Sesame Street” production set in Astoria, New York, on Oct. 12,
2018.(RICHARD TERMINE/SESAME WORKSHOP)
WITH RED BRAIDS, PINK skin and no home, Lily
is returning to the “Sesame Street” world to help children
experiencing homelessness know they’re not alone.
The 7-year-old muppet first appeared on a “Sesame
Street” special in 2011 when her family
was struggling with hunger. She’ll now be back in town as her family stays with
friends after losing their home, according to a release Wednesday by Sesame
Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the popular television
Through “videos, storybooks and interactive activities for
families with children ages 2 to 6,” Lily is the face of a new initiative
that aims to “help mitigate the impact of the trauma and stigma that
result from homelessness.”
While Lily isn’t appearing on the television show itself, the
resources will be available on the Sesame
Street in Communities’ website.
“We know children experiencing homelessness are often
caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma,” Sherri Westin, president of
global impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, said in a release. “We
want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them and
giving them hope for the future.”
More than 1.3 million public school students were in homeless
situations at some point during the 2015-2016 school year, according to the
Department of Housing and Urban Development’s homeless
assessment report for 2017.
Sesame Street in Communities – a Sesame Workshop initiative that
aims “to help community providers, parents, and caregivers give children a
strong and healthy start.”