For Teachers

Unsheltered Lives is a collaborative effort of the Committee on Temporary Shelter, VISTA, and the Vermont Department of Education. In 1990 Alex Messinger, then a VISTA volunteer at the Committee on Temporary Shelter, researched and wrote Unsheltered Lives as part of his VISTA service.  VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a federal,...
Empirical child welfare research in England takes insufficient account of wider social theory. Intellectual, professional and political reasons for this are discussed. The implications are considered in relation to one important social problem: the low educational achievement of children looked after by local authorities (‘in care’). It is...
These three workshops are geared toward youth 16 to 24 years of age. The workshops are self administered workshops which can be used with small or large groups of people (participants). The moderator would be the person facilitating the workshop. The moderator reads the directions, information and moderates discussion. Workshop I (.pdf)...
Homeless activist Hannah Taylor told student teachers at the WestCAST 2011 education conference that age shouldn't affect a person's willingness to help another person. "So many people, especially children, want to make a difference, but they don't know how to," Taylor said. "They don't believe enough in themselves that they can. One of the...
Schools across the city took over subway stations on Feb. 11, singing, dancing and collecting TTC tokens for Toronto’s Tokens4Change event. Tokens were collected for Youth Without Shelter to help homeless youth get around the city for school, doctor appointments and job interviews. “One third of youth are homeless and people don’t realize it,”...
Karson Simpson has never been homeless, nor does she know anyone who has been homeless. But as an avid reader with an empathetic heart, the 11-year-old Guelph girl imagined what life might be like if she didn’t have a home. Her essay entitled Hope won the national “Meaning of Home” contest sponsored by Genworth Financial.  As first prize winner,...

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