Homelessness significantly impacts a student’s ability to get an education. It not only presents hurdles both academically but also socially. However, being homeless doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s no hope for higher education. Today, we’re going to chat about some of the ways that homelessness impacts youths as they pursue a higher education; but we’re also going to cover what can be done to help these students. Here at Edu-Tech Enterprises, we’re committed to helping more homeless and low-income youths pursue a degree from a higher education institute. Let’s get started.

Homelessness as a Widespread Issue

As the number of homeless students rises, it becomes more and more apparent that something needs to be done. Between 2009 and 2017, there was a significant increase in homeless students enrolled in public schools, with every grade level affected. Particularly alarming is the growth in homeless high school students, which surged by about 104,000 during this period.

The Academic and Social Toll on Homeless Students

Homeless students face a myriad of challenges that their peers do not, including higher rates of disabilities and English language learning needs compared to their housed peers. The stress and instability of homelessness also take a significant toll on their mental health, with studies showing these students are more likely to experience poor mental health, consider suicide, and attempt suicide compared to stably housed students.

The Impact of Homelessness on Young Learners

The effects of homelessness on education are particularly profound for young children. Various aspects of homelessness can disrupt crucial stages of brain development and increase the likelihood of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which can have long-lasting effects on health, educational outcomes, and socio-economic mobility (source).

Addressing Needs Through Supportive Services

Organizations like Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) demonstrate how targeted support can make a difference. VOA-GNY offers various services to enhance the educational experiences of children in shelters, including after-school programs, volunteer homework tutors, and literacy and math recreation programs. Such interventions are essential for improving learning and academic achievement among homeless students. This one organization is an example of the types of things we can be doing to support low-income and homeless students — across the United States.

The Role of Edu-Tech Enterprises and Other Similar Entities

The challenge of homelessness in education requires a comprehensive approach that addresses both the immediate and long-term needs of homeless students.

At Edu-Tech Enterprises, we emphasize the importance of tailored support for homeless students. Every student’s journey is different, and our mentorship programs and individualized support specifically address this. We are a non-profit entity dedicated to providing youths with the best chance possible at gaining higher education. The benefits of this are profound, from greater earning potential to becoming part of a supportive community.

Learn More: 5 Benefits of College for Low-Income & Homeless Students

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