Our mission is straightforward: educate homeless children and their families for life. In practice, this can be more complex – determining a student’s needs, helping create a stable environment, and developing custom education plans.
At the end of the year, we’re able to measure real success in our educational programs, our after-school programs, and our family support measures.
Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, we served 123 students and measured improvements across the board. Almost every grade improved their math and reading skills. We recorded an average daily attendance of 91%, and 96% of our families attended spring parent-teacher conferences.
Nearly 94% of our students participated in our after-school and break camp programs. Those extracurricular activities, which include music, yoga, art, swimming, scouting, zoo and museum trips, and other opportunities, offer our students the chance to learn valuable life skills in a variety of real-life experiences.
What does family support look like? For our families, it looks like 666 counseling sessions, 69 health checkups, and 113 dental screenings. It also looks like an improvement in employment, housing and income.
In the past year, we’ve served 37,654 school meals, provided 33,252 instances of transportation, and distributed more than 4,170 basic necessities, all of which contribute to improving the situation for 144 families collectively equaling more than 476 individuals.