Strategies and Supports for Unaccompanied Youth
Updated: Feb 22, 2022
This past month we have been visiting topics that help us understand unaccompanied youth. But what is it that a liaison should actually DO in terms of providing support?
Now that you’ve seen our webinar, read through the blogs and FAQs, and visited our website, take a look at the “to-do’s” or the supports you can provide all unaccompanied youth, regardless of immigration or citizenship status:
New York State Field Memo from Chancellor Rosa: Provision of Educational Services for Recently Arrived Unaccompanied Children and Youth. This memo provides a step-by-step process to ensure that all students that are newly arrived in your district are receiving the proper services. You can also see NYSED’s guidance on McKinney-Vento eligibility.
NYS-TEACHS website. Our site has forms, flowcharts, step-by-step instructions, archived webinars, and resources for educators. Everything on this site, including the hotline, directs you to important “to-do’s” for identifying students that may be McKinney-Vento eligible, or new to the district and in need of resources.
New York State Center for School Health provides numerous sources for liaisons, educators, and families with different needs regarding McKinney-Vento eligibility.
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development also provides guidance and resources for those of you living in NYC.
Federal Student Aid also offers guidelines and help for students applying for college.
YOUTH.GOV offers guidance and supports for all relevant stakeholders.
Here is a useful tip sheet from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.
All of the above resources provide many “to-do’s” for stakeholders- families, liaisons, educators, and administrators that deal directly with children and potentially identify them as McKinney-Vento eligible. The NYS-TEACHS website is updated regularly for new guidance from federal or state guidance and will continue to provide on-the-ground advice with the helpline in real-time. We look forward to serving you and the children of New York State!
This month at NYSTEACHS: