National Association For The Education Of Homeless Children And Youth

Rating: 4.86 stars   22 reviews

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Location: P.O. Box 26274 Minneapolis MN 55426 USA

Mission: In a given year, over 1.35 million children are estimated to experience homelessness in America. Homeless children are now among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Federal legislation broadly defines homeless children as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition not only includes children living in shelters, but also those living in cars, motels, trailer parks, substandard housing, shared housing (due to the loss of housing or economic hardship), and other places not ordinarily used as sleeping accommodations for humans. According to the most recent data available, 25% of homeless students resided in shelters and 50% resided in doubled-up situations.In the 1980''s and 1990''s, federal response to the growing crisis of homelessness in America led to the awareness that only 55% of homeless children (K-12) were regularly attending school. Data from 2000 reveal that 77% of homeless children (K-12) were regularly attending school, and 15% of homeless preschool children were enrolled in school programs. Although the 2000 data has shown significant progress in the attendance of K-12 students, one out of every four homeless children is still not attending school and six out of every seven preschool children are not enrolled in early learning programs. Undoubtedly, much work remains to be done.Compared to their peers, homeless children are more likely to suffer from health problems, developmental delays, learning disabilities, emotional difficulties, and mental disorders. Furthermore, the high mobility associated with homelessness has been shown to negatively impact a child?s education. Research findings on mobility and academic achievement reveal that compared to their housed peers, mobile students are half as likely to graduate from high school and twice as likely to repeat a grade.NAEHCY''s mission is to connect all those working in homeless education - educators, advocates, researchers, parents, policy makers, and service providers - in the effort to ensure the academic and overall success of all children in homeless situations. We fervently believe that education is vital to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness; therefore, we work to ensure that vulnerable children receive an education and be afforded the greatest opportunity to succeed in life.
Programs: NAEHCY's programs include:(1) Organizing an annual national conference convening educators, advocates, researchers, and service providers to provide professional development and networking opportunities in addressing the educational needs of homeless children(2) Administering the LeTendre Education Fund, which is a scholarship program for homeless youth who have demonstrated academic achievement and are pursuing higher education(3) Monitoring and analyzing legislation impacting the education of homeless children (e.g. Head Start, IDEA, McKinney-Vento)(4) Developing position papers, policy recommendations, and advocacy tools for members, stakeholders, and national partner organizations(5) Communicating with Congressional offices and federal agencies to advance NAEHCY's recommendations(6) Collaborating with national organizations such as housing, homeless, domestic violence, education, child welfare, and faith-based organizations on policy strategy and action(7) Providing professional development training at 60-70 national, state, and local conferences per year, including local Head Start agencies, school districts, homeless coalitions, statewide homeless liaison conferences, and national conferences such as Title I, Head Start, Health Care for the Homeless, Runaway and Homeless Youth, and National Network for Youth.
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Rating: 5 stars  

NAEHCY leads the charge in ensuring that children and youth experiencing homelessness have equal access to education. This outstanding organization advocates for those who have no choice and no voice in homelessness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the work that I do on a daily basis. It is because of this organization that homeless liaisons across the country are able to provide advocacy and services to homeless children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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In 1996, when I accepted a school district homeless education liaison position, I had decades of experience in education and social services, but none specific to homelessness. NAEHCY was mentor and support, always accessible and offering guidance, answers, and concrete materials to teach me so I could, in turn, most effectively reach homeless families and, students, school staff and our community. Over fifteen years in that position I have observed that NAEHCY's ability as a dedicated advocate is unparalleled

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Joint work toward convincing my community housing agency to collaborate with the school district so that school district-identified homeless families would be eligible for housing support, an effort which succeeded after an inordinate amount of time.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

I work with a large high school District as Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance and they have been a valuable resource to me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are a continuing resource keeping the LEA's and their Liaisons up to date with on going changes in McKinney Vento Act

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my work with families in transition, I often have questions about how to handle situations and how to get the services and other things my families need. Any time I contact NAEHCY, they always have a prompt answer or solution to my problem. These people really know what they're doing and how to help people who are at their most vulnerable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended the national homeless education conference, which has been very well organized and full of helpful information. I love to see the LeTendre Scholarship winners and hear them tell their stories.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their helpful, friendly attitudes and hearing about all the work they have done.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, helpful, friendly, kind and very well organized.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make it possible for all the homeless students who want to attend college accomplish that goal.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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When I became coordinator for our homeless students, NAEHCY was a huge source of support in terms of free resources as well as legislative and education support. NAEHCY was also an important source for my research on homeless education programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my implementation of the McKinney-Vento program in my school district and my research on homeless education programs. The strategies and resources provided by NAEHCY has increased awareness about the rights and needs of homeless children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I came into the field of homeless education from a background in teacher education and classroom teaching. It's amazing how much most educators can learn about homeless children in their schools! NAEHCY has been extremely helpful to me in providing materials, teaching tools, law guidance, and advocacy to make the job more accurate and powerful. NAEHCY also has a well-organized and (this year, a sell-out) exciting annual conference to which high-level speakers are pleased to be invited. Scholarship assistance is provided to youth who are or were homeless to attend college. While new in the field, I cannot imagine a more worthy organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Giving ongoing assistance to individuals in the field who are trying to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth -- these are homeless liaisons, counselors, social workers, and school administrators.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have met few-to-no individuals in this organization who are NOT passionate about this work. When work is combined with a life mission, everyone pitches in and creates a vision that is far beyond that of a single individual.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Organized, effective, dedicated, and visionary. They understand that homelessness is something we tend to avert our eyes away from, so the "face the homeless" campaign and others are the products of creative staff and volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide many more resources to help homeless children and youth stay in one school and be less mobile; graduate at higher rates; enter college with more resources, and provide much-needed medical assistance to the nation's absolutely neediest students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

NAEHCY is an organization that supports those in the education arena working with homeless children & youth. It is well organized, has access to dozens of very helpful resources, and offers excellent annual conferences.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly dedicated individuals, always putting the needs of the children and youth they work with first - always looking for new resources and ways to support those directly in the field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth is an outstanding nonprofit agency that conducts important work. The agency's ongoing work includes ensuring that the educational rights of homeless children and youth are known and protected. They also administer the LeTendre Education Fund, which provides scholarships for higher education for homeless or formerly homeless youth. I have no doubt that, were it not for NAEHCY's important work in shaping and supporting the national dialogue in this area, the field of homeless education would not have progressed to its current position, providing vital support to vulnerable students.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

contributing to the amazing work being done on behalf of homeless children and youth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide additional higher education scholarships for homeless or formerly homeless youth through its LeTendre Education Fund.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

NAEHCY serves an invaluable purpose by providing the most up to date information about educational rights and programs for children and youth who are homeless. My most recent experience with this organization was getting clarification of students' rights based upon the McKinney Vento Education law when a school district is "redistricting," and many of the schools of origin will no longer exist with the same students and staff or with the same program focus. School community stability is critical to the well being of students who are homeless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, conscientious, tireless, creative about meeting the educational needs of children and youth who are homeless.

Ways to make it better...

I could easily contact school district liaisons in other school districts with similar experiences.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth(NAEHCY) is the voice and social conscience for the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It has been an absolute honor to work within such an amazing group of diverse, passionate, dedicated people, all determined to positively influence the lives of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. NAEHCY harnesses the expertise, energy, and good will of its vast membership and uses it to shape federal, state and local policy, practice, and law; therefore impacting children and youth and their families across the nation. NAEHCY identifies and promotes best practices through media channels, publications, and the annual conference. It helps educate jursidictional leaders, legislators, advocates, school administrators, teachers, social workers, shelter staff, and other direct service providers so that collectively, we are able to meet the needs of our children and youth experiencing homelessness. Without NAEHCY, we would not have nearly the level of interconnectedness and coordination needed to achieve results.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the absolute synergy. It's such a personal and professional joy to spend time with so many like-minded people, all pulling for the underdogs of our society. It feeds the soul.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, compassionate, driven, kind, inclusive, strong-willed, determined, skilled

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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