For millions of children and youth experiencing homelessness, school is their way home.
Public schools identified more than 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness and enrolled in school at some point in the 2016-2017 school year.
Homeless students are 87% more likely to drop out than housed students. Without an education, youth are 4.5 times as likely to experience homelessness as young adults.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Jamie was only two years old when she, her mother, and her two older sisters fled their abusive father, cycling in and out of homelessness until she became homeless on her own at 16.
“I thought about dropping out of school. But my teacher, Mrs. Roberts, was a friend to me. She is the reason I am a high school graduate. She is the reason I went to college.”— Jamie
You can change the lives of students like Jamie.
Goals of the Campaign
By 2026, young children experiencing homelessness will participate in quality early childhood programs at the same rate as their housed peers.
A 90% high school graduation rate for homeless students by 2030.
A 60% postsecondary attainment rate for homeless students by 2034.
- Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness: How Small Changes in Email Communications Can Achieve Big Results, Part II
- Five Questions with Barbara Peoples: How School Nurses Can Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
- Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness: How Small Changes in Email Communications Can Achieve Big Results, Part I