The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution at its October 2017 meeting endorsing November 2017 as Runaway and Homeless Youth Month. The resolution includes this language:
WHEREAS, over 1.3 million children and youth were identified as homeless in the United States of America during the last school year, and children and youth experiencing homelessness have the least access to essential opportunities and supports; and
WHEREAS, San Diego County is home to over 22,000 students experiencing homelessness; and
WHEREAS, A disproportionate number of these youth are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; and
WHEREAS, Many youth are on the street because they are not permitted to return home and have nowhere else to go; and
WHEREAS, Runaway and homeless youth who live on the street are victims of physical abuse, sexual exploitation and crime in untold numbers; and
WHEREAS, Student Services and Programs Division, Student Support Services Department provides support to districts and community organizations serving students experiencing homelessness with a goal of improving their well-being and educational outcomes; and
WHEREAS, Homeless liaisons and homeless education programs exist to provide services and support for youth experiencing homelessness and assist in accessing the opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to develop into healthy and productive adults; and
WHEREAS, Organizations nationwide have declared November as Runaway and Homeless Youth Month to increase awareness of the urgent needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Board of Education, hereby declares November as Runaway and Homeless Youth Month and hereby requests that elected officials in the County of San Diego and all of its citizens recognize the unique needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness and increase both awareness of the issue and their commitment to helping these young people succeed.
PASSED AND ADOPTED this 11th day of October 2017, at the regular meeting of the San Diego County Board of Education.
SDCOE's Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program and Homeless Education Services responds to, assists, and empowers all systems that support students who are in foster care or are homeless. Learn about the team and the resources they provide.