LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2013) — At today’s meeting, the Board of Education officially approved November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, an ongoing indication of strong support to help homeless students get an education.
School Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic, who sponsored the resolution, invited contributions to the District’s Homeless Education Program. “I want to personally thank everyone who gives, everyone who helps,” he said.
About 14,000 homeless students attend schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
One of them told the Board how she personally benefits from the special program. Introduced only as Cynthia, the 11th grade student from San Pedro High School described challenges “when you don’t always have a stable home. Sometimes, I can’t always get to school,” she said, but she gets bus tokens from the Homeless Education program. “I don’t always have school supplies,” she said. Again, she gets help.
The Homeless Education Program helps students to overcome the barriers to education. In addition to providing bus fare, school supplies, hygiene items, backpacks and vouchers for clothing, the program facilitates enrollment, helps youngsters qualify for the subsidized lunch program, makes health and dental referrals and works with teachers and other school personnel to support these children.
With greater support, more homeless students can be helped. Individual checks can be sent to LAUSD Homeless Education Branch, 121 N. Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles 90012. Items also can be selected from the attached Wish List.
During the month of November, buying a pizza also can make a difference. To help LA Unified’s homeless students, the California Pizza Kitchen’s Seventh Street Marketplace location in downtown LA. is donating 20 percent of sales during November when a customer presents a flyer available at. http://homelesseducation.lausd.net. Remember the flyer must be presented to direct a contribution to this worthy cause.Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766