Sesame Workshop announced on Dec. 12 that Lilly, Sesame Street’s first homeless Muppet, will be reintroduced on its show. The bilingual character is expected to teach young viewers empathy for those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.
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Youth experiencing homelessness often do not know about the resources available to them. Law firm Baker McKenzie, in partnership with Disney and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, is compiling all resources and rights available to homeless youth in one webpage using easy-to-understand language.
After a grand jury investigation revealed the details of ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania, with up to 1,000 victims affected, the attorney who helped the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team investigate clergy sex abuse says it’s only the beginning.
The Washington Lawyers Committee recently released a report showing racial disparities in fare evasion enforcement by the Metro Transit Police.
D.C. local government agrees upon LGBTQ health data collection, in opposition to Trump Administration’s attempt to eliminate it.
Children learning about homelessness at Tenleytown Library.
Artist/Vendor James Davis recounts his experiences with foreign students in a homeless challenge program.
Is life tough? Ask young people who are experiencing homelessness. On the first day of spring, despite heavy snow, I left for work at 5 a.m. to supervise our delivery crew unloading the latest edition of Street Sense. A few blocks away from the office, I saw a young man on the street, probably 14 years old, asking for money for breakfast. He is not alone in his circumstances. A 2017 study shows that there are 4.2 million adolescents and young adults in the U.S who are experiencing homelessness.
A’dora Willis, a 19-year-old alumna of D.C. SCORES, just published her first children’s book “He and Me: Little Nuggets for Bright Futures.” The book was inspired by the children Willis is surrounded by through her mother’s daycare and her continued work with students in D.C. SCORES.
To plan the murder of innocents in a sacred place is barbaric. (As a teacher, I consider all educational institutions sacred.) Their minds are on their lessons, friends, plans for lunch or what to wear to the party on Saturday night. Not one child is thinking “Someone is going to kill me today.” If they had thought that, I’m sure they would have stayed home.
The OSSE State of Discipline Report for the 2016-2017 school year showed that homeless and low-income students, black students, and students with disabilities are being suspended and expelled at higher rates than their peers. This comes after Chairperson of the Committee on Education David Grosso published his Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017, which would limit the use of suspensions and expulsions as disciplinary practices in district schools.
Nearly 30 people testified Monday during the Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearing led by Committee Chair David Grosso. District residents along with the Public Charter School Board and the Deputy Mayor for Education testified during the hearing.
A website by Excella Consulting, intended to help homeless youth in Washington, D.C., connect to available support services was presented at the United States Census Bureau on Nov. 29.
Ken Martin shares his experiences in homelessness with a class of fifth graders at National Presbyterian School
Every Monday, homeless youth flock to a drop-in center formed by First Congregational United Church of Christ, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District. Staff supplies youth with food, activities, HIV testing, and other services, as well as connects them to other resources.
On September 20th, approximately 6,800 out-of-school and unemployed D.C. youth attended the Opportunity Fair & Forum. Special resources were provided for homeless and at-risk youth.
Street Sense Vendor Angie Whitehurst comments on the Shaw Community Center’s impact in the neighborhood.
Street Sense artists give their definitions of “Poor” and “Homeless”
Vendor and artist, Reginald Denny, shares a story from childhood.
A poem contemplating youth and the trials of growing up.