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Teachers and local organizations are pushing for more support for homeless students so that they can successfully stay on track while taking classes.
Artist and vendor Pierre Johnson points out flaws in the education system and how detrimental this can be for students.
Raymond Pyle, who teaches at Moten Elementary school, believes the key to a better education starts with a properly funded community. His classroom goals for students won’t be put into action without proper support.
n July 8, local anti-police groups got one step closer to their goal of police-free schools when the D.C. Council passed an amendment to change… Read more »
At least 100 formerly homeless youth took to the streets of Eastern Market on June 16 for a demonstration in support of their peers and the Black Lives Matter movement. They were all members of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, which houses approximately 150 runaway and homeless youth and provides counseling, education, and life- skill services.
A poem by Marcellus Phillips.
The annual Point-in-Time Count shows the number of homeless people in DC fell for the fifth consecutive year. But experts warn the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will likely cause an increase in homelessness.
Two perspectives on life shared by artist and vendor Ibn Hipps.
Anthony Williams died, on Jan. 26 in an altercation over a sale of K2. He aspired to open a group home for homeless adults and youth. His family and friends memorialized him at The House of Praise on Feb. 13.
An 11-month-old girl died in a hotel being used as a family shelter early in February.
Justin Jones, one of the many youth experiencing homelessness in California, shares his story.
School officials at Rocketship Rise Academy Public Charter School presented security and communication changes to protect their students in light of an attempted kidnapping.
The annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness, a nationwide effort, found nearly 500 youth ages 18-24 to be homeless in the District while D.C.’s annual Homeless Youth Census reported approximately 1,300 youth in the same age range as homeless.
In January 2017, the local nonprofit SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) launched its signature youth house, a 2-year, 12-bed transitional living program for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in the D. C. metropolitan area. This July, the organization received a contract to create a second house, which is set to open its doors before the summer ends.
A formerly homeless woman argues that we should do something to help youth when they age out of foster case and may end up homeless.
Vendor Jackie Turner shares her advice for teenagers on their way to adulthood.
An Anacostia public school just created a brand-new STEM lab for its students — many of whom may be experiencing homelessness or poverty.
Artist/Vendor Ibn Hipps writes the second part of a series about two misunderstood children, encountering the trials and tribulations of growing up.
Artist/Vendor experiences participating in the Xavier challenge, an event meant to expose university students to the experience of homelessness.