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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,...
The learners will recognize and identify many of the causes of hunger and poverty in the world as well as in their community. They will demonstrate an understanding of one's responsibility to provide for the common good by appropriately responding to the needs of others, particularly those who are experiencing hunger or poverty in their community.
Habitat for Humanity Canada and Genworth Financial Canada are asking students in grade 4, 5 and 6 across Canada to tell us what "home" means to them by entering the Meaning of Home Contest. Karson- Guelph, Ontario She opens her eyes slowly hoping, yet again, that maybe when they are fully open she’ll be in a warm house, with a cozy bed and a...
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)...
GRADES: Primary
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how urban, young adults assessed received social supports (Vaux, 1988) during homelessness in high school. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness (2007), approximately 1 to 1.5 million youth under the age of 18 in America experience at least one incident of homelessness each year...
GRADES: Secondary
This unit explores homelessness by taking art back to the street. Some of the most influential and progressive artists have emerged from this form of art. Students will explore graffiti art, as well as sculpture, and will learn to reflect on the society around them through artistic means. Students will learn to be activists and to provoke thought...

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