“In the United States, an estimated 1.35 million from 600 thousand families will experience homelessness today, while 3.8 million more will live in precarious housing situations. Put another way, of every 200 children in America, 3 will be homeless today and more than double that number will be at risk for homelessness”(National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). Homelessness impacts youths and their families in many ways. Watch the video, Hard Times Generation: Homeless Kids, and critically analyze the information presented about homelessness in America. How is it impacting students? What are your thoughts on how we can support these youth and their families? How does homelessness impact schools? Are you aware of any changes in your local area regarding homelessness?
Next, examine the program offered by Monarch Schools (http://www.monarchschools.org/). Analyze their programs, the policies and their partnerships. Watch their latest video. What is it about this program that makes it so successful? Could a program like this be duplicated nationwide? Why or why not?