Navigating the educational system can be daunting for youth and their parents, especially if the youth has special education needs. Unaccompanied youth with special education needs are supported in their navigation process through a number of legislative provisions that youth advocates will want to understand. “Surrogate Parents and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act”, a new resource from The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), provides the legal landscape for who can consent for special education evaluations and services for unaccompanied homeless youth, with implementation tips and resources. To view the [Read further...]
This new online resource to help family and youth workers narrow the field of available tools and practices to identify young people’s strengths and needs. Screening and Assessment Tools for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs is available courtesy of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, in consultation with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and its youth workgroup partners. The toolkit includes information on more than 50 screening and assessment tools, including their intended audience, key subject areas, requirements for use, and estimated cost. The new resource will assist organizations implementing the federal Intervention Model for Unaccompanied Youth which encourages programs to use [Read further...]
The relationship with a parent or primary caregiver is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. However, many children experience the loss of a caregiver, either permanently due to death, or for varying amounts of time due to other circumstances. Children may develop posttraumatic responses when separated from their caregiver. This resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information and suggestions for helping children who experience traumatic separation from a caregiver.    
This report from Grad Nation at America’s Promise examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving, and returning to high school. To read the full report, click here: Don’t Quit on Me: Mentoring Out Of School Youth