June 19, 2018

 

What is happening on our nation’s southern border right now is one of the darkest moments in our country’s history. 

By forcibly separating migrant children from their families who are seeking safety and asylum in this country, the Trump administration has created a humanitarian crisis that grows with each passing day. Research shows that inflicting extreme stress on children can cause irreparable damage to their developing minds. The psychological trauma of being separated from their parents and forced into cages will follow them for the rest of their lives. 

We call on the Trump administration to end this abominable practice before any more harm can come to these children and their families. To help the victims of this inhumane policy, we will be donating to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to support the reunification of children and their families. We encourage others to join us. 

 

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June 8, 2018
count us in
By Katie Hong
Director, Youth Homelessness

Each year our community brings together a small army of volunteers for the Point-In-Time (PIT) count. Coordinated by All Home, the PIT count aims to both tally the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night, as well as gather information about their needs so that our community can improve the homeless crisis response system. 

This year’s report shows that while the number of people experiencing homelessness has continued to increase in our region, there are signs of hope and a path forward. Overall youth and young adult homelessness stayed steady (an increase of only 1 percent), but the number of homeless young people under the age of 18 decreased by more than 20 percent since 2017.

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May 18, 2018
classroom
By Zoë Stemm-Calderon
Director, Education

Across the country our partners are doing incredible work to research and reimagine American classrooms. The end goal, designing classrooms and schools where every student receives an equitable education, sounds deceptively simple, but it has eluded teachers, school leaders and policymakers for decades.

One key finding from this research is that young people need to feel like they are valued and respected in school—like they are vital members of the community, their intersectional identities welcome.

Put another way: In an equitable classroom, every student feels like they belong.

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May 4, 2018
census
By Erin Kahn
Executive Director, Raikes Foundation

On Tuesday, May 8, officials from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce will testify before Congress and attempt to justify adding the question of citizenship back into the census for the first time since the 1950s. Lawmakers shouldn’t fall for it.

The census, which is conducted every ten years, helps determines everything from the number of Congressional districts to school funding to Medicaid budgets and more. Adding a citizenship question amidst a toxic political environment for immigrants all but ensures an undercount of some of our most vulnerable neighbors and their children.

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