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How Emergency Aid Can Prevent College Student Homelessness

Emergency aid programs offer financial resources for students who face an unexpected crisis that could prevent them from completing their academic term. These programs can be helpful for all college students, but they are especially critical for those experiencing homelessness or those who are at risk of becoming homeless.

This SchoolHouse Connection brief provides examples of emergency aid programs and offers strategies for streamlining services.

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Never Stop Telling Your Story: Seven Questions with SHC Young Leader Destiny Dickerson

“One thing I wish I had known when experiencing homelessness is that help existed. I had no idea what Mckinney-Vento was. I had never even heard of a homeless liaison. I felt so alone. This was in large part because I was forbidden from talking about it by my family. But if I had known about the McKinney-Vento program it would have made a lot of things so much easier for me earlier on. I would not have had to spend four years struggling alone...Most importantly, though, I think it is immensely important to notice the little things. That student always snacking might not be getting enough to eat. That quiet student who never talks might be going through depression. That student who is overly outgoing and trying to be pleasing might be compensating for an abusive and degrading parental relationship. If something seems off, then it probably is.”

SHC Scholar Destiny Dickerson explains how education has been a powerful force in her life – and how she’s compelled to help other students experiencing homelessness be their own best advocates.

Learn from Lived Experience with Destiny

August Webinars: Family Homelessness, Teacher Development, Mentorship to Address Chronic Absenteeism

Part II: Family Homelessness: Partnerships and Policies that Enhance Supports for Infants, Toddlers and their Families
\\ Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 1:00PM EDT

Presented in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, this webinar will focus on the challenges and opportunities of structuring systems that address the multiple, complex service needs of infants, toddlers and families experiencing homelessness.  Presenters will describe cross-sector collaboration that promotes holistic supports for families, share policies and best practice guidance connecting pediatric, early childhood and housing services, and suggest ways to align policies and eliminate barriers that silo service needs of pregnant and parenting youth.
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Note: There is a small fee to attend this webinar.

How Improved Teacher Development Can Help Identify and Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
\\ Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 1:00PM EDT 

For many students experiencing homelessness, school is their only place of stability. Like many other support staff, teachers play a crucial role in creating a classroom environment that is safe and supportive for all students, especially those who are highly mobile and have experienced the trauma that often accompanies homelessness. It is therefore critical to provide teachers with comprehensive training and professional development to help them better identify and support the academic success of homeless students. In this webinar, two school of education professors will share their best practice strategies for training both pre-service teachers and those in the field to improve identification practices and supportive services for McKinney-Vento eligible students.
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The Power of Relationship: How Mentorship Can Support Chronically Absent Homeless Students
\\ Thursday, August 29, 2019, 1:00PM EDT

Research shows that chronically absent students, especially those also experiencing homelessness, are less likely to meet grade-level proficiency standards and more likely to drop out of school–and that even absences in early grades have lasting impact. Research also indicates, however, that strong relationships can be a powerful protective factor in supporting improved school attendance and success. In this webinar, we’ll learn about the core components and foundational theories of Check & Connect: an evidence-based intervention used with students who show warning signs of disengagement with school and who are at risk of dropping out. Participants also will learn about the basic steps involved in implementing Check & Connect, and will hear from a school district homeless liaison about one district’s promising results in implementing Check & Connect. Finally, participants will hear from a young person who experienced homelessness in high school about how mentorship supported her path to graduation.
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SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education. We provide strategic advocacy and technical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. We believe education is the only permanent solution to homelessness. Learn about us.
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