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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

via Groups collecting school supplies for homeless children.

The Reporter Editorial: With more homeless students, Solano schools face tough task

It’s stunning to realize the increasing number of homeless students that Solano County school districts are trying to teach.

From Dixon to Vallejo, more than 1,200 students don’t have a permanent place to call home this school year — three times as many as last year. Fairfield and Vallejo have been hardest hit. Perhaps not coincidentally, those communities are also recording some of the highest home foreclosure rates in the nation.

via Editorial: With more homeless students, Solano schools face tough task.

Vacaville Unified School District officials tracking nearly 100 homeless students in rising trend

First homeless in 2007 in Dixon, Camille Chester recalled feeling confused.

“Are we ever going to get a home?” the Willis Jepson Middle School student remembered asking herself during that time. “There were five of us (living) in a compact car. I slept sideways.”

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Daily Republic: Sem Yeto satellite students collect jeans for teens

FAIRFIELD — High school senior Giovanni Maglaya spent the last few weeks bugging family and friends for pairs of jeans that didn’t fit, they never wore or could do without. The 17-year-old must be convincing: He donated some 100 pairs of jeans to the Teens for Jeans fundraiser.

via Sem Yeto satellite students collect jeans for teens.

SCOE Facebook page: Solano teens show signs of support for homeless and foster youth

Solano County Office of Education’s Facebook Wall

Solano teens show signs of support for homeless and foster youth

Local teens hold cardboard signs and send a powerful message of support for foster and homeless youth in a new thought-provoking video produced by SCOE and Timeline Media Productions.

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