Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 11:30AM – 12:45PM EDT
Title: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Supporting Young Parents and Their Children Through Education and Early Care
Description: Pregnancy, parenting, and homelessness put youth at significant risk of dropping out of high school. Lack of a high school degree, in turn, is significantly correlated with homelessness: new research finds that youth without a high school diploma or GED are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness; that youth who are pregnant or parenting are three times more likely to experience homelessness; and that more than one in three unmarried homeless young women is pregnant or parenting. These findings are especially alarming because homelessness in early childhood can have lifelong consequences. Helping young parents graduate from high school, and making sure that their children participate in quality early care programs, are essential to preventing future homelessness and promoting long-term economic independence. This webinar will provide an overview of educational protections and services for homeless young parents and their children, and highlight successful strategies at the state and local level. Practitioners will share lessons learned and how to build partnerships for supporting parents and children.
- Brandi Baker-Rudicel – McKinney-Vento Liaison (South Lane School District, Cottage Grove, OR)
- Abigail Jordan, LLMSW – McKinney-Vento District Liaison and Regional Grant Coordinator (Traverse City Area Public Schools, MI)
- Dana Malone – State Coordinator of Education for Homeless Children and Youth (New Mexico Public Education Department)
- Janet Max – Vice President (Healthy Teen Network)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2-3PM EDT
Title: School Counselors and Students Experiencing Homelessness: Tips and Strategies to Get to Graduation
Description: School counselors provide important support to students experiencing homelessness, helping meet their basic needs and planning for graduation. The Every Student Succeeds Act recognized this role by adding requirements that counselors advise students experiencing homelessness and improve their readiness for college. In this webinar, we’ll hear tips and strategies from a young person who experienced homelessness in high school, a current high school counselor, and a school social worker. We’ll also unveil a new, 2-page tip sheet for counselors, developed specifically in response to requests from the field. Come with your questions and learn from the experts.
- Dee Hurt, M.A., School Counselor, Independence Public Schools, MO
- Amy Noble, School Social Worker, Madison Public Schools, WI
- Irene Sauceda, B.S.W., SchoolHouse Connection Young Adult Leader, TX
- Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection