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Thanks to Your Advocacy, DC Votes to Increase Homeless Youth Budget

Thanks to all you who voted signed the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates petition to tell DC City Council that you care 100% about our city's homeless youth! Your support will help thousands of homeless youth in the district. difference in the lives of thousands of DC youth.

The DC council agreed to invest $1.3 million to support homeless youth services, but there is still lots of work to do. Be sure to visit DCAYA's website for more information on this victory and how your voice can continue to be heard for homeless youth in your community.


StandUp For Kids Recognized for Volunteer Service

StandUp For Kids has been recognized by the Obama Administration through The President’s Volunteer Service Award program for the outstanding efforts of its volunteers in support of at risk and homeless youth. It is an honor to be selected to participate in this program and a great way to thank those who, by their demonstrated commitment and willingness to inspire others, engage in volunteer service at StandUp For Kids.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. We are grateful for the thousands of volunteers across the nation that support StandUp For Kids with countless volunteer hours. We are humbled and honored to have so many amazing volunteers that support the efforts of StandUp For Kids.


US Dept. of Education Releases New Guidance on Homeless Youth Determinations

On July 29th, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter clarifying determinations for unaccompanied homeless youth for financial aid. It revises USED policy so that all applicants under age 24, including those who are 22 or 23 years old, and who are unaccompanied and homeless, or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless, qualify for a homeless youth determination and will be considered independent students.

Importantly, the clarifies that youth who are between the ages of 21 and 24 and who are unaccompanied and homeless, or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless, qualify for a homeless youth determination, and will be considered independent students. This is a change from previous guidance that defined "youth" as 21 and under.

The July 29 ED Dear Colleague letter may be downloaded here:

NAEHCY's higher education page contains many additional resources for youth, school district homeless liaisons, homeless service providers, financial aid administrators, and other higher education professionals, including:

  • A Higher Education Hotline, (855) 446-2673 or
  • Podcasts
  • FAFSA tip sheets
  • Determination Templates
  • Toolkits on financial aid, college access, and
    college success
For more information, and for assistance related to higher education, please contact NAEHCY's Director of Higher Education Initiatives, Cyekeia Lee, at:
Toll-free helpline: (855) 446-2673
Phone: (313) 436-5949

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Preventing The Tragedy Of LGBT Youth Homelessness

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Preventing The Tragedy Of LGBT Youth Homelessness