Solano agencies team up to help homeless students – The Reporter

During the last school year, Solano County schools have identified nearly 2,000 homeless students and nearly 500 foster students, county officials said and now a group of agencies is teaming up to help them with school supplies.

Homeless youth may be unaccompanied and couch surfing from home-to-home, living on the streets, in shelters, or staying temporarily with family or friends due to a loss of housing or financial problems. Foster youth may reside with a relative, in a foster home or in a group home.

To assist the foster and homeless youth of Solano County, the Solano County Office of Education, Educational Partnership Foundation of Solano, Sutter Medical Group, Sutter Solano Medical Center and Wednesday Club of Suisun are supporting the regional Stuff the Bus program.

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More Homeless Children Would Qualify for Support Under Bill – Education Week

By Evie Blad

Advocates for poor children have renewed efforts to expand the definition of homelessness used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development so that youth considered homeless by other federal agencies can qualify for federal housing assistance that is currently off limits to them.

Organizations are pushing for passage of the Homeless Children and Youth Act, reintroduced Tuesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. A variety of child welfare organizations also supported the bill when it was introduced last year.

via More Homeless Children Would Qualify for Support Under Bill – Rules for Engagement – Education Week.

Enrollment of Homeless Students Hits New Record in U.S. Schools – Education Week

By Evie Blad

There were a record 1,258,182 homeless students enrolled in American public schools during the 2012-13 school year, a nearly 8 percent increase from the previous year’s levels, new U.S. Department of Education data released this week show.

Homelessness in schools has increased dramatically in recent years, children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children noted in a news release.

“The new data means that a record number of kids in our schools and communities are spending restless nights in bed-bug infested motels and falling more behind in school by the day because they’re too tired and hungry to concentrate,” First Focus President Bruce Lesley said in a statement.

via Enrollment of Homeless Students Hits New Record in U.S. Schools – Rules for Engagement – Education Week.

Program collects needed school items for homeless students – The Reporter

Vacaville Reporter Posted:

In the course of the past school year, Solano County schools have identified more than 1,400 homeless students in the community, according to Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, chief executive officer of Travis Credit Union.

“Due to the loss of housing and financial problems, these young people may be living on the streets, in shelters, or staying temporarily with family or friends,” she said.

To assist the homeless youth of Solano County, Travis Credit Union has partnered with the Solano County Office of Education, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Educational Partnership of Solano in support of the regional Stuff the Bus Campaign. Donations will help stuff the bus with school supplies to benefit Solano County’s homeless children as they prepare for the coming school year.

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Holly Valentine: Stuff the Bus campaign seeking school supplies – The Reporter

By Holly Valentine

It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is halfway over. Back-to-school sales are under way and parents are counting down the days until the ring of the first school bell, signifying the start of the 2013-14 school year.

For our local homeless youth, a regional Stuff the Bus campaign is under way to help provide them with greatly needed back-to-school supplies.

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Solano educators seek supplies for homeless students – Vallejo Times Herald

By Lanz Christian Bañes Times-Herald staff writer/

Solano education officials are soliciting donations of backpacks and school supplies this month to benefit the county’s neediest students.

About 1,500 students in Solano County were homeless as of January, said Becky Cruz, program manager of the Solano County Office of Education Foster and Homeless Youth Services.

More could have become homeless since then, Cruz said.

Solano educators seek supplies for homeless students – Vallejo Times Herald.

The Reporter Editorial: Solano’s homeless students get by

It’s hard to know just what to make of a midyear report on the number of homeless students in Solano County’s public schools.

The figures announced last week indicate that homelessness is rising in some school districts but waning in others, when compared to previous years’ counts.

Perhaps the difference is in the way the figures are reported and collected, as Dixon Unified officials believe.

via Updated: February 06, 2013 1:03:50 AM PST.

The Reporter: Midyear report shows fewer homeless students in Solano County

By Richard Bammer/ RBammer@TheReporter.com

Halfway into the 2012-13 academic year, the number of homeless students being tracked countywide has fallen by more than 200 from the end of last year. The figures — from 1,536 at the end of 2011-12 to 1,328 now — come as some districts report more students without permanent homes while others reported fewer.

Becky Cruz, an educational liaison at the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield, was unsure if, by year’s end, the numbers would improve or worsen.

“You can’t really predict what’s going to happen,” she said Wednesday, the day after she released SCOE’s midyear count of homeless students.

via Midyear report shows fewer homeless students in Solano County.

The Reporter: Project 150 Northern California Area aims to help Solano County’s homeless students, needy families

By Richard Bammer/ RBammer@TheReporter.com

The nonprofit group’s letterhead may not say it all, but it says a lot in an allusion to its purpose, with the words “too many homeless students in Vacaville. The problem isn’t going away on its own.”

With those beliefs in mind, Alvin Zayas of Vacaville, with others, last year started Project 150 Northern California Area after reading a Reporter news story about the rising numbers of homeless students in Vacaville and Solano County.

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The Reporter: Solano County Office of Education continues winter coat drive

The Solano County Office of Education’s winter wear drive continues until Nov. 16.

The message is, help homeless students stay warm this winter, said Sheldon Reber, a spokesman for the SCOE.

Items needed include jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, socks and shoes, for students aged 4 to 19.

via Solano County Office of Education continues winter coat drive.

Daily Republic: Yippie Yogurt opens doors to public

FAIRFIELD — When Yippie Yogurt started advertising its program in Fairfield two years ago, something about it caught Alicia Rainey’s eye – the word “mentoring.”

Rainey was interested in becoming a youth mentor, but after she graduated from high school, she needed guidance.

So Rainey applied to the Yippie Yogurt program, to get the mentorship she needed to boost her career opportunities.

via Yippie Yogurt opens doors to public.

NPR Topics: College Student Recalls High School Homelessness

by NPR Staff

When Tierra Jackson was in high school, she was struggling. She kept getting yelled at for being late to school.

What most of her teachers and administrators didn’t know was the reason for her tardiness: Jackson was homeless. Her mother was in and out of prison. She and her brother were living with her aunt and cousins. All seven of them shared a single room in one of Chicago’s homeless shelters, a long bus ride from her school.

“As if high school is not hard enough itself, you know, the hour-and-a-half bus ride, it was kind of exhausting,” Jackson told John Horan, who recorded an interview with her at StoryCorps. Horan was dean of the charter school she attended for high school.

via College Student Recalls High School Homelessness.

Daily Republic: Community helps homeless students start school year well

FAIRFIELD — While many Solano County students shop for new binders, highlighters and tricked-out backpacks, there’s a small percentage of youths who need all those things and more but can’t afford or don’t have access to them.

Becky Cruz, of the Solano County Office of Education, in 2011 said they identified 1,400 homeless youths in the county and, as of this January, there were 1,200 documented homeless students in the county. While the numbers since then aren’t in yet, she believes the number of homeless students this year has grown.

As the school year approaches, Cruz and her staff at the Solano County Office of Education saw the need that homeless students have, not just for basic necessities but for supplies they needed to start school off right.

Her staff helps homeless and foster students find necessary support services, educational services, shelter and more.

via Community helps homeless students start school year well.

Vallejo Times-Herald: Sutter employees donate supplies to homeless kids

Sutter Health employees, including those at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, have challenged each other to outdo one another in school supply donations for the county’s homeless youngsters, a spokesman said late last week.

Having heard of the Solano County Office of Education’s Regional Stuff the Bus Campaign, Sutter’s local employees have rallied behind the effort, Sutter Health’s Solano County spokesman Russell “Sy” Neilson said.

The county office of education estimates that more than 1,400 homeless students live in Solano County, finding shelter where they can, Neilson said.

Sutter’s Solano County employees “created a bit of healthy competition among departments,” Neilson said. “Employees have even been emailing pictures to each other of their department’s donation boxes as they fill up and this has encouraged others to step up their donation efforts,” he said.

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SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Help Solano’s Homeless Youth Get a Good Start to the School Year!

Over the last school year, Solano County schools have identified more than 1,400 homeless students. These young people may be unaccompanied and couch surfing from home-to-home, living on the streets, in shelters, or staying temporarily with family or friends due to a loss of housing or financial problems.

To assist the homeless youth of Solano County, the Solano County Office of Education, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Educational Partnership Foundation of Solano, and Travis Credit Union are supporting the Regional Stuff the Bus campaign.

Our youth can use: backpacks for all ages (please no solid blue or red colors), alarm clocks, lunch bags, binders, binder dividers, pencils, colored pencils, erasers, paper, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, flash cards, note pads, pencil pouches, rulers, and calculators.

via Help Solano’s Homeless Youth Get a Good Start to the School Year!

Daily Republic: Campaign gathers school supplies for Solano’s homeless children

FAIRFIELD — A campaign by various local agencies and groups is under way to help homeless children get school supplies for a new school year.

Solano County has about 1,400 homeless schoolchildren, according to the Solano County Office of Education. They might live in shelters or move from home to home or even sleep on the streets.

The “Stuff the Bus” campaign seeks donations of various supplies. Items requested include alarm clocks, backpacks in colors besides solid blue or red, pencils, erasers, paper, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, flash cards, pencil pouches, rulers and calculators.

via Campaign gathers school supplies for Solano’s homeless children.

Dixon Patch: Help Homeless Solano Students Get Ready for School

Over the last school year, Solano County schools have identified more than 1,400 homeless students, some in Dixon. These young people may be unaccompanied and couch surfing from home-to-home, living on the streets, in shelters, or staying temporarily with family or friends due to a loss of housing or financial problems.   To assist the homeless youth of Solano County, the Solano County Office of Education, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Educational Partnership Foundation of Solano, and Travis Credit Union are supporting the Regional Stuff the Bus campaign.

via Help Homeless Students Get Ready for School.

Daily Republic: Groups collecting school supplies for homeless Solano children

FAIRFIELD — A group representing schools, nonprofits and private enterprise has banded together to help ensure that Solano County’s homeless children have what they need to start school in the fall.

The Solano County Office of Education, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, the Educational Partnership Foundation of Solano and Travis Credit Union are collecting backpacks for all ages (no solid blue or red colors), alarm clocks, lunch bags, binders, binder dividers, pencils, colored pencils, erasers, paper, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, flash cards, note pads, pencil pouches, rulers and calculators.

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