ERIC Number: ED464995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Back to the Future: The Brownstone and FutureLink After-School Programs for Homeless Children.
Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.; Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.
Homes for the Homeless initiated a family and community approach to learning at its American Family Inns (homeless shelters) via a customized, shelter-based, accelerated after-school program, Brownstone/FutureLink. The program helps improve students' grades, self-confidence, and academic potential. It requires parents, shelter staff, and public school officials to participate. This report describes specific ways in which the program breaks down the educational barriers that homeless children face and improves their chances of success. Brownstone/FutureLink emphasizes problem solving and reasoning skills rather than repetition and drills. It is based on the belief that students who are behind should not be given remedial education but rather should be challenged by a fast track approach to learning. Students are successfully engaged in their education, as demonstrated by completed assignments and improved grades. There is a low student-teacher ratio and access to technology. The social development that occurs is the result of challenging students to be mentors and leaders. By carefully integrating a network of programs and services and forging powerful links to the public schools, a community of opportunity is formed that encourages learning as a family activity. At the cost of $10 per day per child, these shelter-based after-school programs are very cost effective. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, After School Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Homeless People, Homeless Shelters, Interpersonal Competence, Parent Participation, Problem Solving, Public Schools, Self Esteem
For full text: http://www.HomesfortheHomeless.com/facts.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.; Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.
Note: FutureLink was developed with funding from the Picower Foundation and through State Advantage After-School initiative.