SW Washington Consortium Receives Funds to Help Youth
Lifeline Connections is Part of a SW Washington Consortium that was awarded $983,000 to Directly Help Youth
(Clark County, WA) The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has chosen six community-based organizations (CBOs) to receive grants that will support learning, recovery and acceleration.
Through this grant, students experiencing homlessness will be served through their Learning Center where they will receive K-12 educational support for the Camas and Washougal Schools. This includes daily after-school programs with qualified tutors, individual education planning, case management, education advocacy and credit recovery, access to food and other support services, post-secondary exploration, Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops and housing resources for the entire family.
iUrban Teen and Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) staff will partner to support students to re-engage with their education. Middle and high school students receive targeted, culturally responsive, wrap-around services that include: social emotional learning and counseling support, academic credits, advocacy, empowerment, and leadership skills growth, summer learning and service learning opportunities, STEM+Arts career exploration and experiences.
A full time Mental Health Professional (MHP) will join to the existing school-based program. This staff member will focus primarily on students who are uninsured or have inadequate behavioral health insurance coverage and those who, for privacy or safety reasons, do not want their family insurance billed.
Council for the Homeless (CFTH):
This grant will provide stability for students experiencing homelessness by promoting housing stability along with encouraging the development and implementation of collaborative strategies between CFTH, Vancouver and Evergreen Public Schools. In addition, it will encourage the development and implementation of evidence-informed strategies to address racial inequities among students and their families experiencing homelessness.
Students in this mentoring program will benefit by creating a sense of belonging and connection. In addition, building effective relationships with peers and positive adult role models, providing career awareness and preparation activities and connecting students to the community in culturally relevant ways.
The award will help Friends of the Children continue to spend three-four hours per week with each child and provide educational activities — both in and out of the classroom — that include promoting literacy and math skills, fostering positive peer relationships, avocation for those children, acting as the consistent adult in a child’s life, providing enrichment activities outside of school and engage with caregivers and helping the family access resources.
As these CBOs continue to partner to improve our community, they are hosting a Volunteer Fair Wednesday, May 25th from 5-7 p.m. at iUrban Teen. Register here to confirm your attendance and connect with those in need of volunteer work.