Our Goal: Our mission is to provide a safe, stable home for youth experiencing homelessness. One of the ways we intend to achieve this is to implement Unaccompanied Student Residences for students age 18 -20 years old that are in high school. With the Unaccompanied Students Initiative, our aim is to complete construction on two student residences by December 2016.
Why is this so important to our community?
In Wyoming, 1400 students (K-12) have been identified as being homeless. 349 of those students live in Laramie County. Of those students, 39 are 'unaccompanied'—meaning, they are homeless on their own, without family members.
Providing residences for unaccompanied students will provide a number of benefits:
- A safe and stable home setting to help students get off the streets
- Resources to help students resolve issues and stay in school
- Increase likelihood of successful high school graduation
- Improve wage-earning abilities while still in school, as well as thereafter
- Encourage students to become active and productive members of their communities
Who We Are:
The Strong Families Action Team is the collaborative team behind the Laramie County Community Partnership (LCCP)—a coalition of nearly 70 agencies across Laramie County (Wyoming) that are dedicated to sharing resources, strengthening capacity, and serving the vulnerable residect of Laramie County. For nearly 20 years, the LCCP has worked to combine community resources and influence meaningful change in Laramie County.
The Unaccompanied Student Initiative became the focus for the Strong Families Action Team due to the stong need for a focus on the young homeless population in our community.
What will the money raised go towards?The money raised will go directly towards building the two student residences. Costs include:
- Architectural & engineering fees
- Construction cost
- Household Items
What will the homes look like?
Both homes will include the following key features:
- Living room
- 5 student bedrooms (singles)
- 1 'house parents' suite (including bathroom)
- 2 student bathrooms (with separate shower / toilet)
- Study room
- Laundry room
A snapshot of the living situation:
- The home will be staffed with house parents that will be responsible for the students' schedule, meals and mentoring them through the transition into adulthood.
- The house parents will live full-time at the residence.
- The students will live in the home Sunday night through Friday morning. The student will be connected to family, a friend, or a host home to stay at during the weekend. This will help to promote the students' independence and connection to their community.
- The students will be required to attend high school and be progressing towards their diplomas. They will be encouraged to participate in school activities or have employment.
- The students will work with the house parents to build constructive relationships and support networks within their community.
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