Please note: All webinars are recorded. Archived recordings, powerpoint presentations, materials, and transcripts from Q&A are posted on our archived webinars page.

Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Federal Policy Update and Advocacy Techniques: Preparing for Hill Visits and Other Ways to Communicate with Congress

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Congressional action is heating up on a number of bills relating to children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide an up-to-the-minute update on pending federal legislation, including FY2020 funding for education and homelessness programs; higher education legislation for homeless and foster youth; and reforming HUD homeless assistance to better serve children, youth, and families (including HUD’s definition of homelessness). We’ll provide a brief primer for the most effective ways to educate and advocate with your Members of Congress, including basics for meeting with Congressional staff on the Hill, or back home – what to bring, how to prepare, and how to follow up afterwards. Lastly, we’ll provide an overview of our new online advocacy center, which allows you to send letters to Congressional offices with just a few clicks.

Presenters:

  • Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection

  • Asua Ofosu, Director of Policy and Advocacy, SchoolHouse Connection

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 12:30 – 1:45PM ET

Title: Identifying College Students Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

The Education Leads Home campaign has established a goal of a 60% postsecondary attainment rate for youth experiencing homelessness by 2034. Identifying these students is the first step in helping them complete their postsecondary education. From this webinar, participants will:
1. Hear from 3 institutions around the country about their processes for identifying students experiencing homelessness
2. Discover on-campus partnerships necessary to build a system of referrals to identify students experiencing homelessness
3. Learn 2-3 implementation strategies for identifying students experiencing homelessness

Presenters:

  • Jillian Sitjar, Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection

  • Miguel Arellano Sanchez, Basic Needs Navigator, Oregon State University

  • Annette Wright, Associate Dean of Students, Annette Wright, University of Illinois-Chicago

  • Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, University of Illinois-Chicago

  • Cynthia Rosales, Student Assistance Coordinator, University of Illinois-Chicago

  • Lisa Jackson, Assistant Director, Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement Unconquered Scholars Program, Florida State University

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 2:00 – 3:15PM ET

Title: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness: What the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Teaches Us About Health Risks, and How Professionals Can Mitigate Them

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5069) for 1 continuing education contact hour]

Join two SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders to talk about specific strategies for social workers, family and youth service providers, high schools, colleges, and universities to support students experiencing homelessness. The webinar will share information from SHC’s analysis of Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, showing the prevalence of homelessness among high school students; racial and ethnic disparities; and health risks such as substance abuse, suicide, and physical and sexual violence. Then, two young people who have experienced homelessness will talk about how social workers, service providers, educators and others can help prevent and mitigate those health risks.

Presenters:

  • Destiny Dickerson, SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader, CA

  • Kara Freise, SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader, NY

  • Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection

Note: CEUs and certificates of completion will only be available to people who register for and attend the webinar. We are not able to award CEUs or certificates to people who participate as part of a group, as we have no way to verify attendance.

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Creative Solutions for Supporting Homeless College Students in an Urban Environment

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to evolving with their students by responding to the unique needs of college students experiencing homelessness. This webinar explores UMass Boston’s new initiatives for supporting students experiencing homelessness through U-ACCESS, an office that helps students who lack basic needs achieve academic success. From this webinar, participants will:
1. Hear from three professionals at UMass Boston who serve as an emergency committee to create support for students experiencing homelessness;
2. Learn about the challenges homeless and housing insecure students face living in an urban city and the creative solutions that UMass Boston professionals are using to meet housing needs, such as the Nesterly app; and
3. Identify how a basic needs office/hub can specifically reach and support students experiencing homelessness.

    Presenters:

    • Jillian Sitjar, Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection

    • Caitlin Farr, Case Manager, UMass Boston

    • Patrick Joseph, Off-Campus Engagement Coordinator, UMass Boston

    • Valerie Lamour, U-Acess Program Coordinator, UMass Boston

     

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

    Title: Be Attentive to Attendance: How Chronic Absenteeism Affects Students Experiencing Homelessness

    [This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5127) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

    Students who miss 10 percent or more of days enrolled are defined as chronically absent–including both excused and unexcused absences. When students consistently miss school, it often is a sign of underlying challenges and may indicate a student is experiencing homelessness. How can we use available attendance data to help identify children and youth in crisis? During this webinar, we’ll talk with researchers, program administrators, and a school district homeless liaison about the significance of attendance data for homeless students, how we can turn data into substantive interventions, and trauma-informed supportive strategies at the school and district level.

    Presenters:

    • Joseph Angaran, Training Director and National Trainer, Check & Connect, University of Minnesota

    • Jennifer Erb-Downward, Senior Research Associate, Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan

    • Sue Lenahan, Middle School Counselor, Homeless Liaison, Big Rapids Public Schools, Big Rapids, MI

    • Katie Brown (facilitator), Program Manager, Education Leads Home, SchoolHouse Connection

    Note: CEUs and certificates of completion will only be available to people who register for and attend the webinar. We are not able to award CEUs or certificates to people who participate as part of a group, as we have no way to verify attendance.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

    Title: Homelessness and Chronic Absenteeism in Rural Communities

    [Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

    Almost 8 million students were chronically absent from schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Unsurprisingly, research shows that economically disadvantaged students are more likely to be chronically absent than the overall student population—but studies also indicate that students experiencing homelessness are chronically absent at rates even higher than their housed, low-income peers. In many rural communities across the country, homeless students experience a unique set of challenges getting to school regularly and on time. During this webinar, we’ll talk with county-level education practitioners about those unique challenges in rural communities, as well as the resources provided to address barriers to attendance and collaborative strategies to support positive attendance for students experiencing homelessness.

      Presenters:

      • Katie Brown, Education Leads Home Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection
      • Sheri Hanni – K-12 Program Coordinator, Student Attendance, Butte County Office of Education

      • Meagan Meloy – Director, School Ties Program, Butte County Office of Education

       

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