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Welcome to The Backpack Project

The Backpack Project is an online interaction tool developed by Youth Empowerment & Support Services ( in Edmonton, Alberta Canada - a non-profit organization who provides emergency shelter and support programs to at-risk and homeless youth.

It is designed to take you, the participant, into the world of a youth that is in trouble, either with parental struggles, addiction issues, etc. and has no support system, and no where to call home. It asks the question “What would you do?”, and asks you to face some day-to-day situations that are faced by at-risk teens. For example, you’re hungry and you have no money and nowhere to find a meal. What do you do? Do you stay hungry or do you go to a mall and wait in the food court for someone to leave some food behind?

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