November Is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

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November Is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month


November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness month in 2007. The purpose of the month is to raise awareness and understanding of children and families experiencing homelessness. At Curriculum Review we thought we'd do our part by giving an overview of some of the pertinent statistics and information relating to students who are homeless.

More than 1.3 million students who are homeless are in America's public schools, which is 3 percent of the nation's student body, according to the advocacy group, the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness.

Unfortunately, the numbers of students who are homeless continue to rise and it's more than just a housing problem. In fact, students experiencing homelessness are 87 percent more likely to drop out of school, and adults without a high school degree or GED are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness.

Along with losing their home, community, friends and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many youth who are homeless are also victims of trauma, noted information from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

* For more information visit the National Center for Homeless Education at https://nche.ed.gov/briefs.php.

Sources: invisablemillion.org; nctsn.org:nche.ed.gov

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) (42 U.S.C. [section] 11431-11435) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youths experiencing homelessness. …

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