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Youth Homelessness and the Juvenile Justice System: A Roadmap of What to Ask, Offer, and Expect from Referral to Reentry

Youth Homelessness and the Juvenile Justice System: A Roadmap of What to Ask, Offer, and Expect from Referral to Reentry
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide provides professionals in the fields of education, social services, and law enforcement with information to help identify and respond to youth who may be homeless. The guide recommends prosecutors, judges, and probation officers review juvenile cases for possible homelessness at each stage of the judicial process. The guide emphasizes the importance of re-entry planning with this population. The federal definition of youth homelessness is provided as well as questions professionals can ask youth to determine their housing status. 

Accession number
25459
Authors
Smoot, N.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice website at: http://www.juvjustice.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/map_FINAL…

The New FAFSA Is Out: Four Things You Can Do To Help Homeless and Foster Youth

The New FAFSA Is Out: Four Things You Can Do To Help Homeless and Foster Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from SchoolHouse Connection outlines ways in which youth-service providers and educators can help youth experiencing homelessness and former foster care youth with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. They should inform youth about the FAFSA, help them complete the form, and help remove any documentation barrier. This brief has resources for those who are seeking additional information about the FAFSA.

Accession number
25810
Type new
Brief
Organization

Schoolhouse Connection

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the SchoolHouse Connection website: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/the-fafsa-four-things-you-can-do-…

Suicide and Depression Among Homeless High School Students

Suicide and Depression Among Homeless High School Students
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) presents key findings from a study that shows homeless students are at significantly higher risk for suicide than the general high school student population. This study uses data from eight states and New York City, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collects through the self-reported Youth Risk Behavior Survey. ICPH recommends increasing the availability of mental health care services within schools, training teachers and school staff about trauma-informed care, and targeting services for homeless LGBTQ students.

Accession number
25731
Type new
Brief
Organization

Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the ICPH website at: https://www.icphusa.org/reports/suicide-and-depression-among-homeless-h…

Responding to Trauma Through Policies to Create Supportive Learning Environments

Responding to Trauma Through Policies to Create Supportive Learning Environments
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

Child Trends published this brief to help state policymakers and educators develop supportive learning environments that meet the needs of students with a history of traumatic experiences and ensure that all students succeed in school. The authors define a supportive learning environment as a school that provides a safe and positive school culture and climate and attends to the physical, mental, social, emotional, and academic needs of all students. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25713
Authors
Harper, K., Temkin, D.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Child Trends

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Trends website at: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RespondingTrauma…

Positive School Discipline Practices for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Positive School Discipline Practices for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief provides an overview of school discipline in general and research about discipline related to students who are homeless. It offers tips to educators on how to implement positive school discipline for this student population. The brief includes stories and suggestions from SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders who have experienced homelessness.

Accession number
25658
Type new
Brief
Organization

Schoolhouse Connection

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the SchoolHouse Connection website at: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/positive-school-discipline-practi…

Implementing Change: School Personnels Role in Addressing the Intersection of Homelessness and Juvenile Justice

Implementing Change: School Personnels Role in Addressing the Intersection of Homelessness and Juvenile Justice
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) developed this issue brief to help school personnel better understand their role in addressing the intersections between juvenile justice and youth homelessness. It includes principle and practice recommendations from CJJ for administrators, teachers, counseling staff, and other school staff to help prevent young people from experiencing homelessness or being criminalized for behaviors that stem from a lack of stable housing. CJJ contends that by following these guidelines, school personnel and educators can help lessen contact students have with the juvenile justice system and can positively influence youth, the school, and the entire community. 

Accession number
25699
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Series
Implementing Change
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice website at: http://www.juvjustice.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/School%20P…

Homeless Students Count: How States and School Districts Can Comply With the New McKinney-Vento Education Law Post-ESSA

Homeless Students Count: How States and School Districts Can Comply With the New McKinney-Vento Education Law Post-ESSA
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide discusses the issues that state- and school-level educators may encounter in their efforts to fully comply with McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requirements. Overall, McKinney-Vento guarantees that homeless children and youth are identified, enrolled, attending, and succeeding in school. This guide covers the following issues: 1) insufficient funding to meet educational needs of homeless students, 2) compliance difficulties with inadequate staffing levels and training, 3) lack of technical assistance and training for effective monitoring, 4) school policies and criminal laws that create barriers for homeless students, 5) inconsistent dispute resolution policies across districts, 6) credit accrual problems for highly mobile students, 7) sporadic access to early childhood education, and 8) privacy concerns related to residency verification policies. Recommendations to resolve these issues and to comply with McKinney-Vento are provided.

Accession number
25464
Authors
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty website at: https://www.nlchp.org/documents/Homeless-Students-Count

Addressing Homelessness in Our Schools and Language Arts Classrooms

Addressing Homelessness in Our Schools and Language Arts Classrooms
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article examines how to address child homelessness in American and Canadian language arts classrooms and suggests ideas for advocacy, literacy teaching, research, and policy. The authors contend that teachers who are knowledgeable advocates can also partner with communities to access various resources and coordinate services for students who are experiencing homelessness. By coordinating academic services, educators can support students who attend several schools in a year due to homelessness by sharing pertinent records. The authors recommend implementing procedures to expedite intake for new students and develop support plans to reduce the loss of instructional time. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25738
Authors
Rogers, T., Shafer, R.
Type new
Journal Article
Organization

National Council of Teachers of English

Journal Name

Language Arts

Series
Research and Policy
Volume new
96
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available through subscription on the NCTE website at: http://www.ncte.org/journals/la/issues/v96-2