We have an opportunity to end student homelessness amongst our students in the Center School District. You can help. Please join us on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10:00am at the Center High School. Details are below. Please share this with your friends.
A team of community leaders in the Center School District are working together to end student homelessness for families in our neighborhoods. The initiative is called Impact Center Schools.
The community wants to provide a one-stop resource for our 200 homeless students. Collective impact is a model where city, school, non-profit and faith-based organizations pool resources to resolve social issues. Join us to learn how you can help our students.
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CALL TO ACTION: Help Homeless Students Find Permanent Housing
Kansas City, Mo. January 10, 2019 – Nearly 200 students who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless live in the Center School District. Community members have been working closely with a select group of Center administrators to understand and address the impacts and needs of homeless students and families. The team of community leaders’ goal is to end student homelessness by collaborating efforts and collecting resources. The initiative is called Impact Center Schools.
“On average four to five percent of Center School District’s total enrollment is comprised of pre-k to 12 students that qualify under McKinney Vento legislation,” said Dr. Sharon Nibbelink, Superintendent of Center School District. “Our goal is for all students to have permanent, affordable, dignified housing in Center School District. We want these families to be here and stay here,” said Dr. Nibbelink.
Dr. Nibbelink also thanked the brave and impactful work community leaders have done thus far to join efforts to serve families and solve such an important social issue. The McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act mandates that homeless students have the right to an education.
“When determining if a student or family qualifies under McKinney Vento, we look at three areas: Does the student lack fixed, regular and adequate housing,” said Stacy King, Director of Family and Student Services for Center School District.
Students who qualify for services are those who temporarily live with relatives or friends due to some type of hardship, as well as those who live in motels, hotels, campgrounds, or shelters, or who find themselves living in unsafe housing.
“We currently offer support in helping students overcome any barriers that get in the way of the students having full access to the educational and extra-curricular experience including: transportation, clothing, basic toiletry/hygiene items, and extra-curricular needs. But what we can’t currently do is provide wrap-around services that meet the varied and complex needs of the entire family,” explained King.
Mark Potter, Pastor of community transformation for Colonial Presbyterian Church of Kansas City and Chris Buford, President of Serve the World Charities have been working on the initiative since the initial conversations which began in 2017.
“We believe offering a one-stop resource center that will serve and support families more efficiently and effectively will allow us to truly change the landscape of our neighborhoods. If we work together as a collective community team, we can find permanent and dignified housing for these families,” said Mark Potter from Colonial Presbyterian Church of Kansas City.
Chris Buford from Evangel Church explained, “If we can help families navigate through the challenges of finding resources such as employment, housing, health, legal, and parenting by removing some of the red tape, we are giving them a better chance to succeed. We want to commit to providing these types of resources until their youngest child graduates from the District.”
Impact Center Schools is using a collective impact model where city, school, non-profit and faith-based organizations pool resources to resolve social issues. The team has been receiving training from leaders at Avenue of Life, the backbone organization for the award-winning Impact KCK “1,400 Diplomas” initiative. This KCK initiative has led to a 50 percent reduction in student homelessness over the past three years in the KCK school district.
The group is asking for your commitment to collaborate and work together to end student homelessness. If you would like to learn more about the initiative or know an agency or organization who may be able to help, please attend the Call to Action Event which will be held at Center High School’s library on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10 a.m.
Center School District: Center School District serves more than 2,600 students in the South Kansas City region from early childhood through high school. Our boutique school district allows us to form personal relationships with families and students. We offer a 20 to 1 student-teacher ratio and our graduation rate has exceeded 90% for years. Center High School was named one of the best High Schools in the country by U.S. News and World.
Our mission: All students will demonstrate high achievement, character, and teamwork in a diverse community. Together, we achieve!
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Kansas City, MO 64131