Supporting College Transition for Homeless Youth
- No experience is necessary to benefit from this course.
Welcome to the Supporting College Transition for Homeless Youth course. This course prepares those who work with youth in K-12 systems to assist them to successfully transition into college. This course is appropriate for those who work at high schools as well as those who work in the community supporting students. The course provides a basic overview of the key elements of a successful strategy for supporting homeless youth as they pursue their educational goals. While much of the content is focused on California’s systems, some content is relevant more broadly.
This course consists of seven modules, each covering a different topic that will help interested stakeholders set students up for success as they transition from high school to the next phase of the educational journey. Some modules will include a quiz or activity to help you apply the knowledge discussed and set you up to be prepared to support homeless youth with the next steps after graduation. The modules include information about why college is important, how to create a college-going culture, the steps necessary to apply for college (including both community colleges and 4-year universities), the matriculation and enrollment processes, accessing financial aid (including special considerations for homeless students), and the resources available to support success. Additional resources are also available on the John Burton Advocates for Youth website.
Who this course is for:
- K-12 homeless student liaisons, school counselors, community-based partners
John Burton Advocates for Youth is a statewide non-profit organization based in San Francisco, working to improve the quality of life for California’s foster, former foster, and homeless youth through the development of policy advocacy, collaboration, and capacity building. It was founded in 2005 by progressive champion Senator John Burton, a former member of Congress, the California State Assembly and President Pro Tem of the California State Senate.
Debbie Raucher currently serves as the Education Director for John Burton Advocates for Youth. In this role, she provides leadership and strategic visioning for JBAY’s education work and leads the agency’s policy efforts designed to improve post-secondary educational outcomes for foster youth and students experiencing homelessness. Ms. Raucher has worked in the social services field for over 25 years including extensive work in developing solutions to homelessness.