Homeless youth experience many obstacles to receiving an education, and without this extra help, they often drop out of school and continue on in a life of poverty and homelessness. These kids are more likely than their other classmates to perform below grade level, repeat grades, and drop out of school. They also have difficulty getting to school because of transportation issues and enrollment problems.
- The school dropout rate for homeless kids is 87%. Only 13% of homeless youth graduate from high school.
- There are 1.3 million homeless children in the school system in the United States. Half of the homeless children in the United States are under the age of 15.
- There are 2100 homeless children in Pinellas County schools. There are 3100 homeless children Hillsborough County schools.
- Homeless children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
- Once a child fails one grade, there is a 40% chance that he/she will drop out of school. That increases to 90% if a child repeats 2 or more grades.
These children need more than just help with math homework and science fair projects. They need help with understanding the importance of an education, having another adult who consistently shows up for them, supports them and believes in them and in building their self confidence. Once they start to get behind, they stop believing in themselves.
We are here to show them that they can do what they believe they can’t.