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driving the bandwagon how to increase resources and mobilize community support

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 (noun) li-ai-son
    • Coordination: the exchange of information or the planning of joint efforts by two or more people or groups, often of military personnel

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…

gather data
Gather Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative
quantitative data
Quantitative Data
  • Abuse and Runaways:

“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.
lenawee county statistics
Lenawee County Statistics

2001-2002 1

2002-2003 61

2003-2004 160

2004-2005 314

2005-2006 340

2006-2007 356

2007-2008 376

2008-2009 414

2009-2010 508

2010-2011 603

2011-2012 671

qualitative data
Qualitative Data

“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

quantitative data1
“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).” Quantitative Data
qualitative data1
Qualitative Data

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

tell the story teach others the song
Tell the story: Teach others the song
  • To school personnel
    • Principals, superintendents, teachers, food service workers, transportation, administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, band directors, counselors, PTOs, athletic directors, coaches,
    • What are we telling them?
    • What are we asking for?
    • Do we tell them when it works? when it doesn’t?
To the media
    • Hometown Hope Award
    • Social media
    • Back to school
    • Graduation
    • Monthly article
    • Look for reasons to alert the media
    • What is our message?
    • What are we asking for?
To funders
    • Service clubs, monthly and annually
    • Churches
    • Philanthropists
    • Grants
    • Sororities, Fraternities
    • Retired professionals’ groups
    • Give them solutions to fund.
bring on the band
Bring on the Band
  • Who are your partners?
    • Continuum of Care
    • DHS
    • Homeless Youth Committee
    • Runaway and Homeless Youth
    • Business Community
  • Why should they partner with you?
    • Not all grants come from HUD
  • What do you bring to the table?
  • What do you want from your partners?

Ask not what your Continuum of Care can do for you….

but what you can do for them.

tools for schools ub t
Tools for schools (UB&T)
  • Presented at a service club and someone went back to work and talked about homeless education…

8 years later over 100,000 school supplies have been donated and I am never, never without backpacks.

Donated bikes
  • Run by volunteers
  • Requires a bicycle safety course
  • 10 hours of work fixing bikes or $20 donation or both
Tilton and Sons Shoes

134 E. Chicago Blvd.

Tecumseh, MI 49268

Monday – Friday 9:00 to 5:30

Saturday 9:00 to 5:00

Shoe Voucher

Please bring this voucher to Tilton and Sons Shoes and they will assist you in fin student.


School District


Homeless Education Liaison

(Original signature is required.)

feed the body feed the mind
Feed the Body. Feed the Mind.

Please feel free to take a book for your child.

ideas from service clubs

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)

ideas from continuum of care
Ideas… from Continuum of Care
  • Homeless youth committee
  • Roadmap to Graduation
  • Calendars
  • Food pantry extended hours
  • Feed the body. Feed the mind.
  • Goodwill Youth initiative
  • Re-bicycle Lenawee
  • Norma Dell Courage to Care award
ideas from churches
Ideas… from churches
  • Shoe vouchers
  • Sock it to me Sunday
  • Undy Sundy
  • Drop your underwear here
  • Blanket project
ideas from schools professional development
Ideas… from schools, professional development
  • Partners in Hope Scholarship
  • Lenawee County Homeless Education Conference
  • Hope Award
  • Chuck a duck for a buck (varsity club)
  • Paper drives (no newspaper needed)
ideas necessity is the mother of invention
Ideas… necessity is the mother of invention
  • Tacos for taxis
  • Promise Project
  • Support the girls
did you know you are working in
Drop out prevention

Suicide prevention

GLBT awareness

College readiness

Reading readiness

Special education

Parent involvement

Migrant education

Adult literacy

Teen pregnancy prevention

Substance abuse

Women’s rights

Domestic violence

Child abuse and neglect

Safe children

Human trafficking

Social justice

Ending poverty

Ending hunger

…and education and homelessness

Did you know you are working in:
  • Tucker, J., Edelen, M., Ellickson, P., & Klein, D. (2011). Running Away From Home: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Risk Factors and Young Adult Outcomes. Journal of Adolescence, 40(5), 507–518.
  • Hammer, H., Finkelhor, D., & Sedlak, A. (2002). Runaway / Thrownaway Children: National Estimates and Characteristics. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
“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.”

-Christian McCullough