Title

Academic Success and Stability in High School and Beyond for Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

First Presenter's Institution

Project Connect- Cincinnati Public Schools

Second Presenter's Institution

Project Connect- Cincinnati Public Schools

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Session 6 (Scarbrough 5)

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Mental & Physical Health

Relevance

While our presentation relates to all five strands, it most closely relates to the Head (academic achievement and leadership) and the Home (family and community engagement). The heart strand is relevant because our program collaborates with a multitude of shelters, social service programs and agencies and post secondary providers. The head strand is relevant because we have utilized our resources to ensure graduation and post-secondary success for our youth who are experiencing homelessness

Brief Program Description

This session will discuss best practices for working with high school students experiencing homelessness. Strategies will include programming to achieve both high school and postsecondary success.

Summary

Our focus as is determined by the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure youth experiencing homelessness are identified and receive appropriate services, which include immediate enrollment, transportation, school supplies, uniform/clothing, school breakfast/lunch, tutoring, counseling, medical/dental services and other services/referrals as needed. Due to changes in the ESSA guidelines, requiring more accountability with regard to graduation rates, we have developed a model where to a licensed guidance counselor provides targeted graduation pathway support by closely monitoring credits and ensuring that post-secondary programs meet the unique needs of each student. Under our model we meet regularly with high school students to ensure their education plan is executed. Enlist, Enroll, Employ are the potential pathways and the counselor will ensure that transitional supports are in place to increase retention in these post-secondary programs.

Evidence

Over the past five years, our graduation rates have exceeded 90% with the 2018 graduation rate being 95%. We subscribe to the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) model of academic, career and social/emotional development. By utilizing a holistic model we factor in adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and use these to inform strategies and programming that build resilience and self-efficacy. Our model uses a strength based approach to assist our district's most vulnerable students.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Rebeka Beach is the manager of Project Connect and is a licensed school counselor. Leslie Hattemer is a licensed school counselor employed by Project Connect. Both Leslie and Rebeka have worked in Cincinnati Public Schools with children experiencing homelessness for the last 10 years

Keyword Descriptors

Homelessness, high school, trauma, at risk, resilience

Presentation Year

March 2020

Start Date

3-10-2020 1:00 PM

End Date

3-10-2020 2:15 PM

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Mar 10th, 1:00 PM Mar 10th, 2:15 PM

Academic Success and Stability in High School and Beyond for Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

Session 6 (Scarbrough 5)

This session will discuss best practices for working with high school students experiencing homelessness. Strategies will include programming to achieve both high school and postsecondary success.