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Giving youth experiencing
homelessness a safe place to thrive.
“Families and students temporarily
without a home due to fire, living
with a family doubled-up due to
financial hardship, ...
“A homeless youth not in
the physical custody of a
parent or guardian”
Number of homeless youth enrolled
in WISD in grades 9th-12th
Percentage of homeless students
that are unaccompanied
285
32%
Waco
High
37%
University 31%DAEP 2%
Brazos
29%
Waco High University High DAEP Brazos High
86enrolled 4schools
(Waco ISD Ho...
14
3.5% 15
5.8%
16
11.6%
17
25.6%
18
46.5%
19
7%
Age
9th Grade
14%
10th Grade
23%
11th Grade
29%
12th Grade
34%
Grades
(Wa...
 Increased likelihood of:
Sexual and emotional abuse
Human trafficking
Depression
Suicide
Substance abuse
 Leads to...
1.6-1.7 million Youth experience homelessness
each year in the U.S.
(National Association for the Education of Homeless Ch...
were abused sexually in their homes
20-40%
(National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)...
were abused physically40-60%
(National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), 2015)
2/3+ report at least one parent who
abuses drugs or alcohol
(National Association for the Education of Homeless Children a...
20-40% have been thrown out due to their sexual
orientation or because of pregnancy
Access to healthcareSafety/Shelter
Food ClothingAcademic and Emotional Support
A teen nurturing center that provides care,
opportunity, value, and empowerment to
high school-aged homeless youth in ord...
 The Cove will be a safe place after school that provides:
 Homework help, laptops, Wi-Fi, study space
 Tutors and ment...
The Cove’s goal is to provide support and
strengthen the ability of our students to graduate
from high school with the sk...
Cheryl Pooler, LCSW
Board Chair
Cheryl.Pooler@wacoisd.org
(254) 755-9433
Rosemary Townsend
Board Member
Rtownsend004@hot.r...
References
 Krabbenborg, M., Boersma, S., & Wolf, J. (2013). A strengths based method for
homeless youth: Effectiveness a...
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco
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The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco

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The Cove is a nonprofit organization in Waco, Texas seeking to give youth experiencing homelessness a safe place to thrive. This powerpoint outlines the need and our response.

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The Cove--An Introduction to Youth Homelessness in Waco

  1. 1. Giving youth experiencing homelessness a safe place to thrive.
  2. 2. “Families and students temporarily without a home due to fire, living with a family doubled-up due to financial hardship, a student not living with a parent or legal guardian, or living in a shelter, car, or unsuitable living space”
  3. 3. “A homeless youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian”
  4. 4. Number of homeless youth enrolled in WISD in grades 9th-12th Percentage of homeless students that are unaccompanied 285 32%
  5. 5. Waco High 37% University 31%DAEP 2% Brazos 29% Waco High University High DAEP Brazos High 86enrolled 4schools (Waco ISD Homeless Outreach Services, 2015)
  6. 6. 14 3.5% 15 5.8% 16 11.6% 17 25.6% 18 46.5% 19 7% Age 9th Grade 14% 10th Grade 23% 11th Grade 29% 12th Grade 34% Grades (Waco ISD Homeless Outreach Services, 2015)
  7. 7.  Increased likelihood of: Sexual and emotional abuse Human trafficking Depression Suicide Substance abuse  Leads to lack of: Stable housing Access to food Medical insurance and care Transportation Jobs Educational opportunities
  8. 8. 1.6-1.7 million Youth experience homelessness each year in the U.S. (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), 2015)
  9. 9. were abused sexually in their homes 20-40% (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), 2015)
  10. 10. were abused physically40-60% (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), 2015)
  11. 11. 2/3+ report at least one parent who abuses drugs or alcohol (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), 2015)
  12. 12. 20-40% have been thrown out due to their sexual orientation or because of pregnancy
  13. 13. Access to healthcareSafety/Shelter Food ClothingAcademic and Emotional Support
  14. 14. A teen nurturing center that provides care, opportunity, value, and empowerment to high school-aged homeless youth in order to empower them to thrive as young adults.
  15. 15.  The Cove will be a safe place after school that provides:  Homework help, laptops, Wi-Fi, study space  Tutors and mentors  Family-style dinners and healthy snacks  Washer/dryer for laundry  Shower and toiletries  Access to counseling, medical, hair-cutting services, and case management  Positive youth development programming  SNAP and Medicaid outreach
  16. 16. The Cove’s goal is to provide support and strengthen the ability of our students to graduate from high school with the skills they need to thrive in college or the workforce, thereby preventing chronic homelessness.
  17. 17. Cheryl Pooler, LCSW Board Chair Cheryl.Pooler@wacoisd.org (254) 755-9433 Rosemary Townsend Board Member Rtownsend004@hot.rr.com (254) 717-7038
  18. 18. References  Krabbenborg, M., Boersma, S., & Wolf, J. (2013). A strengths based method for homeless youth: Effectiveness and fidelity of Houvast. BMC Public Health, 13, 359.  McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001. 42 USC §§11431–11435. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/programs/homeless/legislation.html  Ryan, K.D., Kilmer, R.P., Cauce, A.M., Watanabe, H., & Hoyt, D.R. (2000). Psychological consequences of child maltreatment in homeless adolescents: Untangling the unique effects of maltreatment and family environment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 24, 333-352.  Thompson, S. J., Bender, K., Windsor, L., Cook, M. S., & Williams, T. (2010). Homeless youth: Characteristics, contributing factors, and service options. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 20(2): 193-217.  Texas Homeless Education Office. (2009). McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Charles A. Dana Center University of Texas at Austin.  National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY). (2015). Unaccompanied homeless youth. Retrieved from http://naehcy.org/educational-resources/youth  “Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration: Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice,” National Center for Homeless Education, Fall 2011, http://center.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/juv_just.pdf

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