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With the new school year right around the corner, we think it's a good time to share the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth's "Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit for Shelters and Service Providers." The series of tipsheets is a good primer for youth service professionals attempting to help keep homeless youth in school. You'll find five sections:
Part 1: The Basics: Learn what the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is, who to call to enroll a homeless young person in school, and how you can work with schools to help homeless students.
Part 2: McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week: Find out how to hold a "FAFSA Week" at your shelter or agency setting to help unaccompanied youth complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Part 3: Assisting Homeless Unaccompanied Youth to College and Beyond: Get pointers on easing homeless youths' road to college by helping them get financial aid, have entrance exams and application fees waived, and prepare for college success.
Part 4: Access to Basic Services Tip Sheets: Learn how to help homeless students apply for Medicaid, Social Security, and other federal benefits.
Part 5: Training Resources: Find resources you can use to train yourself, your staff, and public school educators and administrators.