Upcoming Webinars

Please note: All webinars are recorded. Archived recordings, powerpoint presentations, materials, and transcripts from the Q&A are posted on our archived webinars page. Certificate of attendance is available upon completion. If you watched the webinar as a group, please contact us to receive individual certificates.

Ensuring Access to Food Resources Webinar - Zoom

ARP-HCY Office Hours with ED

Monday, June 5 · 2-3 pm Eastern

In the wake of the pandemic, a nationwide housing shortage, persistent chronic absence, and alarming child and youth mental health crises, students and schools face unprecedented challenges – including increasing homelessness.

American Rescue Plan — Homeless Children and Youth, or ARP-HCY funds, are one-time funds that can help meet these challenges. ARP-HCY funds are designated to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. These funds must be obligated by September 30, 2024 and spent by January 31, 2025.

SchoolHouse Connection is hosting a monthly “ARP-HCY Office Hours” session featuring presenters from the U.S. Department of Education to provide strategies for meeting urgent needs, including allowable and strategic uses of funds, and examples and tools from state and local educational agencies.

In order to best facilitate these sessions and provide time for U.S. Department of Education’s review of questions, we are asking attendees to submit questions at least one week in advance on the Zoom registration page, but it is not mandatory. If you have already completed the registration process and have a question to ask, please use this form.

We encourage participation from school leaders, homeless liaisons, state education agency staff, and community partners.

Ensuring Access to Food Resources Webinar - Zoom

Homeless Youth at Risk: Lessons from the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Wednesday, June 21 · 2-3 pm Eastern

Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), monitors health-related behaviors among students in grades 9–12 enrolled in U.S. public and private schools. Data from the 2021 survey administration was recently released and found that, compared with students who were stably housed, students experiencing homelessness were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, substance use, and suicide ideation and attempts, and to experience violence. These findings highlight the urgent need to proactively identify students experiencing homelessness; ensure their access and stability in school as required by federal law; and closely examine and revise school-based health and mental health efforts to ensure that students experiencing homelessness are prioritized and can access support. Join SchoolHouse Connection to learn more about these findings and how you can take action to improve experiences and outcomes for students experiencing homelessness.

Barbara Duffield – Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
Jennifer Smith-Grant – Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Centers for Disease Control

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