November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Please read this message from our friends in PSD’s Language, Culture & Equity Department.

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You can help: Join PSD’s efforts to support students experiencing homelessness.

Did you know? Of Poudre School District’s approximately 30,000 students, more than 3.8% of them are homeless and qualify for McKinney-Vento services. These numbers are higher than the national student homelessness rate. It’s also important to note that a youth who experiences homelessness is 87% more likely to drop out school.

What can you do to help?

  • Raise awareness: November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Share this information with your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
  • You can eat pizza: On Thurs., Nov. 7, MOD Pizza, 1013 Centre Ave. in Fort Collins, will donate a portion of proceeds to PSD’s McKinney-Vento program if you mention PSD McKinney-Vento when you pay!
  • You can participate in the JSSC hygiene drive
    • LCE is collecting hygiene items in the lounge. Please consider purchasing full size products (no travel sizes please) and dropping them off in the designated box in the lounge
  • Have questions? Contact Whitney Reid, PSD’s homeless education program specialist, at 970-490-3242 or email wreid@psdschools.org.

McKinney-Vento is designed to provide students experiencing homelessness with resources and protections that remove all educational barriers with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance, and success. Services are available to children and youth, from birth to 21 years of age, who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, PSD finished with 1,209 total Early Childhood-grade 12 students who qualified for McKinney-Vento services. October 2019 data show that PSD’s McKinney-Vento student enrollment is already up 53% over this time last school year, with more than 900 students currently qualified for services. Learn more on PSD’s website.

Thank you!

Department of Language, Culture & Equity

LCE

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