Public schools may be closed across LA County due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has not stopped the Homeless Education Program from supporting families and youth.
The Homeless Education Program, a partner program between Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was established in 2017 to address the educational needs of families and youth experiencing homelessness across LA County.
As part of the program, CES Education Coordinators have been co-located at select Coordinated Entry System (CES) Provider sites to re-connect families and youth towards appropriate education or vocational pathways and additional supportive services across LA County. For youth, coordinators offer additional mentorship to explore ways to develop stability in their lives, such as looking at steps for high school completion, obtaining a diploma, searching for higher education opportunities, career exploration, and apprenticeship programs.
During these uncertain times, coordinators have been coming up with innovative ways to ensure that both groups are connected to basic needs and resources despite the logistical roadblocks put up due to quarantine. Amanda Farina, a CES Education Coordinator, located at LA Family Housing, found a clever way to engage community members by setting up an Amazon Wish List for items for local shelters. She received dozens of educational items that she then gave to local children. Amanda’s story is just one of many creative ways that the Educational Coordinators have been paying it forward during the Stay-at-Home Order.
LACOE and LAUSD encourages you also to find creative ways to serve your local community during this time as well. If you have any questions about the Homeless Education Program or CES Educational Coordinators, please contact Jennifer Kotke at LACOE.
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