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Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit for Shelters and Service Providers

Welcome to NAEHCY’s Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit* for Shelters and Service Providers! The following table of contents shows all the documents included in the Toolkit. Click on a document title to access it.

Part 1: The Basics

1. McKinney-Vento 101
The basics of the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

2. Protocol for Enrolling Unaccompanied Youth in School: Whom Do We Call?

3. McKinney-Vento Identification Checklist for Shelters and Service Providers
Tips on how and why shelters and other service providers can assist in identifying homeless students

4. The HEARTH Act Basics
What the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act says about schools and service providers working together

5. Collaborating to Support Youth’s Academic Success under the HEARTH Act
Tips on how service providers can work with schools to assist homeless youth

Part 2: McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week

6. McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
Get your ticket to your future! How to implement a MV-FAFSA Week

7. Sample Announcement for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
A sample announcement of a MV-FAFSA week to be used in newsletters, web pages, social media, posters etc.

8. Sample Letter for Seniors for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
Sample letter to go out to all high school seniors during MV-FAFSA week

9. PowerPoint Slides for Students for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
Some ideas to advertise and help students understand MV-FAFSA Week, using quotes from students

10. Sample Letter and Script Outline for Staff for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
Sample letter to staff to introduce MV-FAFSA Week

Part 3: Assisting Homeless Unaccompanied Youth to College and Beyond

11. Obtaining Waivers for College Entrance Examinations and Application Fees
Basics on accessing waivers for ACT, SAT and college application fees

12. FAFSA basics
The basic provisions for homeless unaccompanied youth in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

12a. Sample Letter to Verify Youth as Unaccompanied and Homeless for the FAFSA

13. Practical Tips to Help Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Obtain Financial Aid for College
Practical information on completing the FAFSA, working with Financial Aid Administrators, and seeking additional scholarship assistance

14. Financial Aid and Income Tax
Basic information about how being an independent student for financial aid purposes affects a youth’s obligations to file income tax returns

15. Support for Unaccompanied Youth in College
How high school counselors can assist students to prepare to be successful in college

Part 4: Access to Basic Services Tip Sheets

16. Access to Medicaid for Unaccompanied Youth
Basic information about Medicaid and barriers for unaccompanied youth

17. Unaccompanied Youth’s Rights to Consent for Medical Treatment
Information about state laws that allow youth under 18 to consent for medical care

18. Access to Social Security Benefits for Unaccompanied Youth
Tips to help eligible youth access Social Security for youth with disabilities and youth who have lost a parent

19. Access to Workforce Investment Act Services for Unaccompanied Youth
Tips to help youth access Job Corps and Youth Services programs.

20. Access to Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) for Unaccompanied Youth
Tips for pregnant and parenting youth eligible for TANF

21. Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) for Unaccompanied Youth
Tips to help youth access SNAP benefits

22. Access to Shelter and Housing for Unaccompanied Youth
Basic information about barriers to youth accessing shelter and housing, with successful shelter models and tips for implementing them

Part 5: Training Resources

* The Fine Print: Many of the topics covered in this Toolkit rely on individual state laws. While NAEHCY has attempted to provide the most complete, current, and accurate information possible, readers may wish to contact state agencies and/or legal aid directly for additional information and support. The Toolkit and its contents are not legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining professional legal advice.

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