NASW staff attend National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth’s 23rd Annual Conference

If you are interested in learning about ways that social workers can support the education of older youth in foster care, register for NASW’s upcoming webinar on December 7th.
  • Did you know that completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) is the best indicator that a youth will enroll in college?  In fact, ninety percent of students that complete a FAFSA enroll in college within 12 months.
  • We all know school placement stability is critical. Yet, it has been reported that over a third of young adults reported having had five or more school changes while in out-of-home care.
  • There is a new resource available for social workers! There are three, free new Unaccompanied Youth Toolkits available on NAEHCY’s website. Each Toolkit contains a wealth of information relevant to  supporting unaccompanied youth in and out of school.

This is just some of the great information that NASW staff learned at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth’s 23rd Annual Conference,  Forging the Future: Educating All Our Children and Youth held on November 5th through the 8th in Pittsburgh, PA.

Over 700 people (including a number of social workers) attended this conference. Unfortunately, social workers across the country are facing an increase in the number of homeless children and youth. This conference provided participants with a range of wonderful workshops focused on stabilizing the education of homeless children and youth.  Presenters shared critical information on federal laws,  local level examples and tools and resources.

Below you will find just some of the workshops held :

  • Assets for Independence: Matched Savings and Financial Education for College and Vocational Training Success
  • Immigration and Schools: Supporting Success for Undocumented Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
  • Serving the Unique Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care: Tools and Resources for Educators
  • Successfully Transitioning Unaccompanied Homeless Youth to Higher Education – State and Local Implementation Models

For more information about the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth and this year’s conference visit,

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