Five Ways to Help Youth Stay in School and Get Jobs

A group of students talk on the grass outside school.
1. Know young people’s rights to education. The federal McKinney-Vento Act mandates that all runaway and homeless youth have access to education. Familiarize yourself with its requirements, and in particular, the homeless students liaison that every U.S. school district must have.

Education and employment are two of the most valuable things any at-risk youth can have. They are stepping stones to self-sufficiency and provide opportunities for young people to find mentorship, stability, and a positive place in the world. But there are considerable challenges for any traumatized youth who wants to attain a degree or a steady job.

In these slides, we present five ways you can support youths’ quest for education and employment. You’ll also find helpful resources and more at the links below:

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Toolkit

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth’s Toolkit for Service Providers

The White House’s Youth Jobs+ Website (formerly Summer Jobs+ Bank)

U.S. Dept. of Labor Skills Profiler

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