National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

    More than one million students in the nation’s public school system are homeless. For many of these young people, attending school is the most stable aspect of their lives. School also provides them with the support, services, and skills they need to escape poverty and enter the mainstream of society.

    Ironically, many schools have rules and regulations that prevent homeless students from attending class. Despite such challenges, thousands successfully graduate from high school with hopes of attending college.   

    The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of these youngsters.  

    Operating at the grassroots level, NAEHCY connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to boost school enrollment and attendance, and help students get on the road academic success. NAEHCY offers professional development, resources, and training support for anyone interested in making a difference.   

    The association’s LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children provides scholarship assistance to high-performing students who are homeless, or who have been homeless during their K-12 school years. Students who have not reached their 21st birthday by September 2014, and who have completed no more than one year of college, are eligible to apply. Click here to find out more about the scholarship program.

    Students in the College of Public Service—especially those enrolled in early childhood development and human services programs—should investigate the NAEHCY website. Membership in NAECHY is open to anyone who believes that every student deserves an equal shot at educational achievement. Click here to join. 

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