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Three Ways to Help Youth Navigate Life After College

There is always a sense of pride and accomplishment in the days leading up to a graduation ceremony. Some students will continue their studies in graduate or professional schools; some may have job offers already lined up; and some may still be figuring out their next steps. In this guest perspective, authors from Western Carolina University share strategies for helping vulnerable youth make a successful transition after college.

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Tips for Teachers & Staff: How to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

For many students experiencing homelessness, school is the only place of stability in their lives. Teachers play a crucial role in creating a classroom environment that is safe and supportive for all students, especially those who are highly mobile and have experienced the trauma that often accompanies homelessness. Here, we provide information and strategies that teachers and support staff can use to support the educational success of students experiencing homelessness.

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House Committee Approves Funding Increase for Homeless Children and Youth

On May 9, the House Appropriations Committee passed its FY2020 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.The House bill includes $100 million in FY2020 funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program. This represents a 7% increase over the FY2019 level; if enacted, it would represent a 30% increase in EHCY funding since FY2017.

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Tricks of the Trade: Advice from a Higher Education Basic Needs Navigator

By Miguel Arellano Sanchez, Basic Needs Navigator at The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) at Oregon State University (OSU). Navigating college as a first-generation college student can feel like making your way through a maze with no map, filled with “learn as you go” lessons, and “wow, I wish I knew this then.” When you combine it with being low-income, homeless, and/or food insecure, it can feel like you’re navigating the same maze blindfolded, on a tightrope, balancing multiple responsibilities. It should not be like this.

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Remembering Mary Jean LeTendre

I recall vividly the day that Mary Jean called me, over twenty years ago, to ask if the National Coalition for the Homeless would set up a scholarship fund in memory of her husband. At the time, I was very intimidated by Mary Jean – she was a giant in our world of homeless education. She made homeless children and youth a priority at the federal level, long before legislation mandated it.

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68 U.S. Representatives Sign Bipartisan Letter for EHCY-RHYA Funding; Take Action for FY20 Funding

On March 28, sixty-eight U.S. Representatives signed a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter in support of funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs. Find out if your U.S. Representative signed the letter, and learn what you can do to support FY20 funding for these vital programs.

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Action Needed by March 26: Funding for Homeless Children and Youth

Take action by March 26 by sending "Dear Colleague" letters to support funding for homeless children and youth programs. "Dear Colleague” letters provide critical and time-sensitive opportunities for federal funding advocacy. They are requests from members of Congress asking other members of Congress to show their support for funding for certain programs.

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