The PJC’s Education Stability Project advocates to ensure that students who are highly mobile, including those who are homeless and in foster care, have the opportunity to remain and succeed in school.
For many students who are homeless or in foster care, school can be not only a place to learn, but also a source of stability and support during a chaotic period. At the same time, these students face challenges in accessing education. Paperwork requirements, fees, and school uniform rules can make it hard for these students to enroll in classes in the first place. And, if these students change schools each time they move, they can have difficulty harder time staying on track with school work. Add to this the shame that homeless students can feel and it is clear why a high school diploma can seem like just a pipe dream.
Fortunately, the law gives homeless students and students in foster care the right to stay in school and receive support so they can succeed. The mission of the Education Stability Project is to put this law into effect throughout the state. To learn more about the needs and rights of homeless students, please see our video and brochure.