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December 19, 2013

An unfiltered snapshot of Canadian poverty on Twitter

Edmonton youth worker hopes to expose issues faced by young people on the streets.

Photo via Twitter user @MarkCherrington.

Mark Cherrington, a youth worker in Edmonton, Alberta, spends much of his free time working with at-risk teens, often up all night responding to phone calls from those who need help. Cherrington also operates a constant Twitter feed that features updates about his work — sometimes he requests help from his followers, and sometimes he tweets graphic images and updates that give a window into the lives of those in poverty. 

Cherrington estimates that his tweets have contributed to more than $60,000 worth of donations to help youth in need of assistance.