Student Homelessness & Food Deserts

Do homelessness and poor nutrition affect children in my community? Poor nutrition has a harmful effect on the physical and cognitive development of children.  Unfortunately, it is too often a reality for homeless children.  No parent should have to worry about their children going hungry nor be unable to provide them with a diet that…

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NAEHCY: Graduation Rates, School Stability, and College Readiness in New York City

Homeless students graduate at far lower rates than housed students, but data from New York City show that homeless students who maintain stability in high school graduate at similar rates as housed students. This presentation will identify crucial school stability factors that help homeless students graduate on time, as well as discuss the college readiness…

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NAEHCY: Using Data to Ensure Supportive School Climates for Homeless Students

Homeless high school students consistently reported poorer school climates than their housed peers. This session will focus on the use of data to explore differences in school climate among homeless and housed students. Participants will be shown school climate-related data (bullying, school safety, rules and norms, support from teachers and other adults) from 21 states…

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Beyond Graduation: Are Homeless High School Students Prepared for College?

Introduction A quality education is the most powerful tool students experiencing homelessness have to escape housing instability and the cycle of poverty. However, for most students, breaking this cycle requires more than a high school diploma, with higher education often necessary to attain economic security. Of the over 7,000 students in the class of 2018…

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The Importance of Fostering Positive School Climates for Homeless High School Students

Introduction To the over 360,000 high school students who experience homelessness every year, school is often the only constant in their otherwise highly mobile and unpredictable lives.1 The many struggles that often accompany housing instability, such as physical and mental health issues, sleep deprivation, hunger, sexual violence, substance use, chronic absenteeism, and mid-year school transfers,…

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Addressing Barriers to Learning

Overview The 105,000 students in New York City Public Schools presently experiencing homelessness face many challenges—including housing and family instability, stress, depression, hunger, asthma, and lack of sleep—that can negatively impact their education. They also face additional barriers to learning that often place them at a disadvantage compared to their housed classmates. For these students,…

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