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Homeless Youth Awareness Month Recognized in November

Homeless Youth Awareness Month Recognized in November

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, a time to advocate on behalf of our young people in need and share resources to support this critical issue. 

In San Diego County, there are an estimated 20,000 homeless children and youth. An estimated one in 30 youth from age 13 to 17 is expected to experience some type of homelessness this year. 

In schools, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. To support districts, SDCOE provides technical assistance, training, and serves as the county liaison for purposes of appeals to the California Department of Education (CDE). Learn more on our Homeless Education webpage.

November also is National Runaway Prevention Month, which is designed to spotlight the experiences of youth who have run away and youth who have experienced homelessness that too often remain invisible. 

SDCOE is also one of three county offices of education operating the California Homeless Education Technical Assistance Center (HETAC), which is funded by the CDE to provide support and technical assistance to county offices of education (COEs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and other interested stakeholders to ensure educational access and success for children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

Tools to Recognize Homeless Youth Awareness Month

In addition to technical assistance and resources for homeless education liaisons, the HETAC website has resources for recognizing this month. Some of those include:

  • Sample board resolution language
  • Calendar of activities
  • Social media materials
  • Book and movie list


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SDCOE is hosting a series of community forums starting in January to get input from parents, students, and other educational partners that will help guide the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for its Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) and its Special Education school, Friendship.

San Pasqual Academy student M'niya at the dais.

The Juvenile Court and Community Schools student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education for November was M’Niya, a senior at San Pasqual Academy.