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ERIC Number: ED540724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Using What We Know: Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Julianelle, Patricia
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Unaccompanied youth are young people who lack safe, stable housing and who are not in the care of a parent or guardian. They may have run away from home or been forced to leave by their parents. Unaccompanied youth live in a variety of temporary situations, including shelters, the homes of friends or relatives, cars, campgrounds, public parks, abandoned buildings, motels, and bus or train stations. Although they can be spoken of as a group, each unaccompanied young person is an individual, with a unique voice. Studies, the experience of educators and service providers, and most importantly, interviews with unaccompanied youth, show that the vast majority wants to go to school and thinks their education is very important. This report presents seven steps and strategies to support the education of unaccompanied youth. They include action steps for national policymakers, state legislatures and agencies, local policymakers, school district staff and administrators, and service providers. Each principle is based on what one knows as educators and advocates dedicated to the individualized education and development of children and youth experiencing homelessness. List of Interviewees is appended. (Contains 38 footnotes and 64 endnotes.)
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. P.O. Box 26274; Minneapolis, MN 55426. Tel: 866-862-2562; Fax: 763-545-9499; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)