A Message from Your
SchoolHouse Connection Team:
From early childhood to postsecondary, from policy to practice, from directly supporting youth to national communications and policy work, we built on our previous achievements and laid the groundwork for more to come.
On that note, this year’s retrospective comes with something new: a sneak peek at what we’re most excited about for 2023!
Thank you for your partnership and support. We wish you the happiest of holidays and look forward to working alongside you in 2023.
Table of Contents:
“You never feel alone when you’re among those who’ve experienced what you have in a way. For me personally I have found a home through SHC despite not having an actual home. The memories you’ll hold onto forever, the friendships you never expected to make, the lessons you’ll learn, and the path you choose to walk and grow, are all a part of being a SHC scholar.”
– Carlos, 2020 Scholar
“Getting to meet with staff at USICH and the Department of Education was an experience I’ll never forget. Resources are nothing without a support system AND accurate representation across the board, which is a table that I can always count on SHC being the first at. SHC has helped instill a new sense of respect in myself. They give us so many opportunities, even being “fun”, giving us opportunities to speak on things that we’ve been silenced on for years. I do believe that they are a voice of the youth, if not one that projects our voices. I am so forever thankful for the friends who have slowly become my family and for all of the opportunities SHC has given us.”
– Tara, 2019 Scholar
Most Accessed Resources
- State Laws on Minor Consent for Routine Medical Care
- McKinney-Vento Act: Quick Reference
- Sample Form Letters to Determine the Independent Student Status of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
- Help Homeless and Foster Youth Get Up to $1,502 in Tax Refunds in 2022
- State Laws on Minor Consent for Housing and Related Services
Most Opened Emails
- Identifying and Supporting Homeless Students During Virtual Learning
- Share with District Leaders: Checklist to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
- Young and Homeless in Rural America – An NYT Must Read
- All New Transportation Guide to Support Homeless Students
- Hidden Homelessness + State Laws on Vital Records
New Resources Created
Child and Youth Homelessness Data Profiles
In January, SchoolHouse Connection and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan will publish comprehensive data profiles on child and youth homelessness, searchable at national, state, and local levels. We’ll save the most exciting part until next month, but suffice it to say the data profiles will compile information in new ways that make it easier to educate decision makers at all levels.
McKinney-Vento Online Training Series for School Personnel
In the first quarter of 2023, we’ll launch our comprehensive online training modules to help ensure educational access and success for children and youth experiencing homelessness, and support school districts and charter schools in meeting federal professional development requirements.
Deep Dive in Five States on Infant and Toddler Homelessness
Following the release of our report on infant and toddler homelessness this year, we’ll be working with a set of states to provide strategic assistance and establish actionable goals, and to provide practical assistance to several communities within those states to help increase outreach, identification, and enrollment of families, infants, and toddlers experiencing homelessness.
Learning Network for Higher Education Liaisons
Many institutions of higher education are designating liaisons for students experiencing homelessness. Similar to their counterparts in K-12 education, homeless higher education liaisons support students by connecting them to available resources on and off-campus, and removing barriers to their college retention and success. In 2023, SHC will launch a learning network for higher education liaisons to help them implement state and federal policies, bridge the gap between K12 homeless liaisons and higher education, and identify best practices and barriers for identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness.