Newsletter (February 1, 2024)

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SchoolHouse Connection is excited to participate in the Education Track at the National Network for Youth’s National Summit on Youth Homelessness, February 29 – March 1, 2024, Washington, DC. Our sessions include:

State Advocates and Service Providers Working Toward Systemic Change

  • SchoolHouse Connection partners with legislators, educators, advocates and people with lived experience to impact youth homelessness at the state and federal levels.  State policy reform is often an effective way to address challenges to service delivery, funding, and regulatory hurdles that block the access youth need to education, care and other critical supportive resources. This session will include a diverse group of collaborators in SHC’s policy work. Together, we will highlight the valuable role stakeholders play in policy campaigns and the strategy involved in identifying and successfully addressing their state’s youth homelessness issues through advocacy.
  • Presenter: Rodd Monts, Director of State Policy, SchoolHouse Connection

Removing Barriers to Financial Aid: The New FAFSA

  • The new 2024-2025 FAFSA presents many challenges, including a delay in the release of the FAFSA. In addition, the homeless and foster youth provisions from the FAFSA Simplification Act have been overshadowed by the vast overhaul of the new FAFSA. This session will provide a general overview and specific steps for helping youth experiencing homelessness fill out the 2024-2025 FAFSA; review the new changes with the FAFSA Simplification Act; and offer specific strategies for advocacy to help youth plan for their future.
  • Presenters: Jillian Sitjar, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, SchoolHouse Connection and Jordyn Roark, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships, SchoolHouse Connection

Partnering with School Districts to Leverage American Rescue Plan Act Funding and Beyond

  • American Rescue Plan — Homeless Children and Youth, or ARP-HCY funds, are uniquely flexible funds to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Many school districts have contracted with community-based youth-serving organizations to provide wrap-around supports to help meet the unique needs of youth. Learn about these school-CBO partnerships, including strategies for making the most of the remaining year of  ARP-HCY and sustaining support once ARP-HCY funding expires.
  • Presenter: Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection 

🤝 About the National Network for Youth (NN4Y)

The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is dedicated to eradicating youth homelessness in America. They focus on preventing and addressing all forms of homelessness through various programs and initiatives. NN4Y actively supports cross-system collaboration to tackle the root causes of youth homelessness and shapes federal policies based on the needs and experiences of young people. They work closely with a national member network to drive their policy agenda.

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