Videos and Testimonies

There are 1.6 million homeless students in the U.S. each year. Homeless students are twice as likely as non-homeless students to drop out of high school. Here's one homeless student who will be proudly joining Class 2015. #ClassOfChange15

More than 100,000 students on U.S. youth, public school and college teams have no stable place to live. Sports Illustrated goes inside the lives of three teen athletes struggling to overcome the hardships of homelessness. 

Eight high school students from around the country talk about losing their homes, how homelessness affected their education, and how their schools help them stay safe, stable and successful. The youth share their advice and encouragement for other young people without stable housing.
As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day. She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke - but they're not broken.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.



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Chimimanda, A. (2009, July). Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story [Video file]. Retrieved from

Communities in Schools – Heart of Texas. (2015, May). Lyssette: Overcoming homelessness [Video file]. Retrieved from

Fichtenbaum, P. (Ed.). (n.d.). Young gifted & homeless. Retrieved November 1, 2015 from

Julianelle, P. & NAEHCY. (2012, June). Looking for your future: How youth cope with losing their homes and how your school can help [Video File]. Retrieved from