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NAEHCY Scholar Summit in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Reunion that Makes a Difference

The 2014 NAEHCY scholars convened in Washington D.C., on June 12-15 for a summit that not only yielded results in shaping federal education policy but also was a sweet reunion of friends who had bonded 18 months earlier, when they first received their scholarships.
After arriving in D.C. and excitedly getting reacquainted on June 12th, the morning of Monday, June 13th began with the scholars, along with their NAEHCY representatives, speaking on a panel at a briefing hosted by Civic Enterprises and America’s Promise in the Capitol building. The panel spoke to their experiences as homeless students, highlighting many of the key points of the Hidden in Plain Sight report, which had been released that very morning.  NAEHCY Scholar Committee members Barb Dexter (liaison from Anchorage Public Schools, AK); Larissa Parrott-Dickinson (liaison from Mobile County Public Schools, AL); and Dr. Patricia Popp (McKinney-Vento State Coordinator for Virginia) were also on the panel to represent McKinney Vento State Coordinators and Homeless Liaisons.
Later that afternoon, the scholars spoke with the U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, at the Department of Education. They were able to express their concerns as homeless students and tell the Secretary what they most wanted to see changed in education to serve homeless young people more effectively. Their suggestions ranged from helping students learn how to find their K-12 Homeless Liaison to removing barriers on the FAFSA.

scholars with secretary king

Miranda wrote, "It was great to see my fellow scholars with whom I have become close. I have not come across many people in my life who I can talk to and relate with in the way I can with these friends. It was a once in a lifetime event to meet the Secretary of Education John King. I am so grateful for the NAEHCY family and their support. It was truly a great weekend."

NAEHCY scholars also shared their experiences with The Washington Post, resulting in an incredibly powerful article, “These are the faces of America’s growing homeless youth population.”
With business completed, the scholars were able to enjoy some dinner and ice cream, followed by a day of touring the nation's capital. The group visited the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, The National Gallery of Art, several monuments and many other shops, restaurants and attractions.

Machella also shared her thoughts: "Seeing the monuments was an amazing experience. They made me appreciate the history of our country and all of the efforts that people made to make it a better place. I also felt honored to speak to policy-makers and to get a chance to make a difference as well."

wa monument scholars

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