Goal 1: All students and families experiencing homelessness can easily access transportation to and from Out of School Time programs.
- Partner with community-based organizations and rideshare companies, such as Uber, to provide transportation to school and community events. (PE)
- Partner with local public transportation services, such as city metro buses, to provide free, year-round youth transit passes. (PE)
- Advocate for transportation services for students experiencing homelessness by using the 21st Century law, which funds academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours. (LE)
Goal 2: Students and families are connected with community-based organizations so they can access before- and after-school childcare and extracurricular activities.
- School districts and community-based organizations form partnerships to waive fees, use federal Title 1 funding, and/or write grants to ensure students experiencing homelessness have access to programs outside of regular school time. (PE)
- Shelters partner with government programs and community-based organizations to expand access to Out of School Time programs. They can do this by prioritizing scholarships to and slots in programs for students experiencing homelessness. (PE, LE)
Goal 3: Students and families experiencing homelessness have access to high-quality, culturally- relevant childcare and transportation services.
- Partner with in-home, community-based childcare centers that are representative of the student population. (PE, LE)
- Provide culturally responsive communication with parents, students, and childcare providers through the use of trained interpreters. (LE)
- Hire transportation providers that reflect the community they are serving and provide ongoing training regarding trauma-informed care and confidentiality. (LE)
Goal 4: Out of School Time is used to expand on academic support, especially for students experiencing homelessness who may need additional assistance to account for learning loss.
- Create one-on-one after-school tutoring opportunities utilizing federal Title 1 funding. (PE)
- Create school-based “homework clubs” for students experiencing homelessness to catch up on learning loss. (PE)
- Strategy 1: Fairmount Park Elementary School in Seattle created an after-school homework club specifically for students experiencing homelessness, and collaborated with their McKinney-Vento liaison to pay dedicated teachers for the extra time and set up transportation.
Goal 5: Engagement with students increases through provision of mentorship opportunities in schools to help those experiencing homelessness expand their network of support.
- Partner with local organizations that can match students with culturally aligned mentors for support. (PE, LE)
- Partner with MENTOR Washington, an organization that works with mentorship providers across the state to offer mentors for youth experiencing homelessness. (PE)
|PE||Professional Expertise||Building Changes staff; school and district staff interviewed through Schoolhouse Washington-funded projects and our Students of Color project|
|LE||Lived Expertise||Interviews with with parents, students (including those from our Students of Color project), and school staff in Washington State|
|MM||Mixed-methods Research||Beating the Odds quantitative and qualitative analysis showing association between a practice and better-than-predicted outcomes|