National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

5 Laws That Help Youth Access School and Work

Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015: Reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Act and the U.S. Department of Education’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program to support programs that provide school supplies and other assistance for students and parents.

Runaway and homeless youth face many obstacles to accessing quality education and employment. From the high cost of education to a lack of job skills and training, many of these youth find it difficult to gain entry to schools and meet workforce demands. 

The recently reauthorized McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act outlines homeless young people’s educational rights and protections to help them stay in school and learn the necessary skills for gainful employment. Check out our slideshow to learn more about other laws that help runaway and homeless youth stay in school and find careers.