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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I was the former Associate Commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, which administers Homeless Youth programs for HHS. Over the years NAEHCY has made a concerted effort to support older homeless youth and their educational needs. This is an extremely difficult population to program for because of their transient status and lack of family support. I have been very excited to see this relationship evolve.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

NAEHCY works tirelessly to improve access to education for children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY is the national expert on laws, legislation, policy and practice regarding education for students without housing. It is an invaluable resource to other professionals throughout the country working to improve educational outcomes. Students in homeless situation have a greater chance to succeed due to NAEHCY's dedicated efforts.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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NAEHCY is a true great non-profit. It has taken the lead in the nation for the education of homeless children and provides the forum , the information, the network and support for all the professionals in the nation working to see that homeless children's rights under the federal law are upheld. They are available, personal, and consistent over many many years. I have attended 8 of their national conferences and that has been the main support of my work for the 10 years I have been serving homeless children and families.

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

Attending 8 national conferences, presenting at these conferences, using their website, downloading and disseminating pertinent info locally, calling on the phone,emailing regularly, writing for their newsletter, etc.

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

their comprehensive work touching all bases necessary to help children who are homeless get what they need.

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

dedicated and knowledgeable.

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

Reach and serve the neediest children in our country by helping them get the education they need to change the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I work at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and frequently both support and receive support from my colleagues at NAEHCY. They do amazing work with limited staff and resources, are leaders in the field, and their work helps hundreds of thousands of homeless children stay in school each year.

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

...everything from policy advocacy - passing laws, clarifying regulations - to individual technical assistance to help students get into or stay in school.

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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NEACHY provides valuable information and resources to local public school districts on the status of homelessness in America. It provides ways of connecting with other school districts. Their national conference is always a great experience offering creative ways to reach out and provide services to those students and families in need.

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

Yes great resources to local public school districts

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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Rating: 4 stars  

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I have been a member of NAEHCY for many years, have attended a number of the National conferences on Homeless Education, and use their programs and services regularlyy! NAEHCY is THE VOICE of the homeless child and I am proud to be part of the movement and the organization!

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

Great resources for fast and thorough answers; legislative updates; support; enrichment and education for the professional and advocacy for the homeless population, especially the school aged kids!

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

the huge amount of research, data and information available through its many members and links!

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

professional, caring and compassionate.

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

make the educational experiences and the lives of countless children at-risk of falling through the cracks and never catching up!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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