Driving the Bandwagon: How to increase resources and mobilize community support. Beth McCullough M.A., L.L.P. McKinney-Vento Grant Coordinator, Lenawee County. Liaison. Liaison (noun) li-ai-son
Driving the Bandwagon:How to increase resources and mobilize community support
Beth McCullough M.A., L.L.P.
McKinney-Vento Grant Coordinator, Lenawee County
This isn’t a desk job.
This is about being in the field and in the trenches.
This is about fighting for students.
Gather data (learn the song)
Tell the story (teach others the song)
Needs assessments (bring on the band)
Becoming a Bandleader…
“A longitudinal study conducted in 2011 by Tucker et al examined a number of variables to identify the significant predictors of runaway behavior. The research found that substance use, depression, and lack of parental support were all significant predictors of runaway behavior in youth (Tucker et al., 2011).”
In the 2012-2013 school year Lenawee County public schools identified and served 704 homeless students.
“I don’t want to ask for help. I want to do it myself. But I ain’t got no family. How are you supposed to do it without a family. I don’t know how to do things. How do you go to the dentist? Do you just go? Where do you go? Do you call first? Do they want money? I have a Medicaid card, but no money. How are you supposed to know how to go to the dentist when you got no family?”
--a Lenawee County high school student
“Physical or sexual abuse drives youth onto the street – and in some cases, keeps them there for fear that returning home may mean a return to abuse. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention found 21 percent of runaway / thrownaway kids had physical or sexual abuse in their history, or were afraid of suffering abuse if they went home (Hammer et al., 2002).”
I don’t want to ask for help. I’ll be ok. I will be fine.
Do you know where I can stay tonight…if…you know…I can’t stay anyplace else?”
--a 17 year old at Adrian High School
The average age of a homeless person in America is:
Ask not what your Continuum of Care can do for you….
but what you can do for them.
8 years later over 100,000 school supplies have been donated and I am never, never without backpacks.
Tilton and Sons Shoes
134 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49268
Monday – Friday 9:00 to 5:30
Saturday 9:00 to 5:00
Please bring this voucher to Tilton and Sons Shoes and they will assist you in fin student.
Homeless Education Liaison
(Original signature is required.)
Please feel free to take a book for your child.
Ideas… from service clubs
Tools for Schools (bank president)
Laundry vouchers (Laundromat owner)
Pajama Rama (Community organizer from Midwest Energy)
Library Gingerbread contest (library director)
Drop out prevention
Teen pregnancy prevention
Child abuse and neglect
…and education and homelessness
“Someday I will tell my grandchildren,
‘Your great-grandmother was a part of the movement to allow all children to go to school. I know it is hard to believe, but schools once kept children out or made them change schools all the time, just because the children were homeless. It wasn’t like it is today. We actually had kids who were hungry and couldn’t go to a doctor because they didn’t have money. Your great-grandmother helped fix that.’
Today we can’t imagine women not having the vote and someday we won’t be able to imagine children not being allowed to go to school.”