National Association For The Education Of Homeless Children And Youth

Rating: 4.87 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Human Services

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  

The national Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth is a wonderful help for all professionals involved in homeless education. It provides a "helpline" that professionals can use to call if you have any questions and discuss the questions with an experienced professional. The annual conference provides training and time for educators to collaborate with professionals from your own state as well as other states. There are online resources for all to use as well. This is the "go to" place for all educators of students experiencing homelessness. THANK YOU for your support of students and families experiencing homelessness!

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I'm a professor of psychology and human development. I am directing the program "My Brothers Keeper" a homeless college student resource center scheduled to open in January 2012. I'm an Army Veteran that needed assistance while I was in college. I'm currently completing the PhD in psychology and noticed as a professor many college students arriving at the campus early to shower in the campus gym and sleeping on benches after I have taught my last course in the evenings. The college has offered funding and a building to house our program! We are currently raising funding to sustain the program while going through the college foundation. What I actually need is current statistical data regarding the amount of homeless college students in the United States and if there is a US initiative in place to address the issue. Our student homeless issue is immediate but we are in search of current data.
Any assistance would be appreciated.

Sincerely,
Professor Carole Toney
ctoney@polk.edu
813 943-2653

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I have not yet experienced working with or within this organization though they offer great information.

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Offer up to date statistical data that is broken down for public school and college students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NAEHCY as an organization has successfully brought together people from all walks to topple the barriers children in homeless situations face when simply trying to attend school. The organization has achieved success despite its limited financial resources.

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the receipt of technical assistance provided by the organization; and seeing legislation change to benefit our most vulnerable children.

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

passionate, dedicated, and hardworking. NAEHCY's membership is its most valuable resource

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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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.

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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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