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Homeless Kids

An Open Letter to a Rising Star

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While J. Lo wiped away her tears on national television, and I did the same with more privacy, I wanted to praise you, thank you, and shout from the rooftops about you.

School District Program Helps Parents Of Homeless Children With Rent And Support Services

edweek | Evie Blad | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. His four stepchildren didn't put it into words, but Bobby Gan...

Where Ben Can Be Himself

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin M. Ryan

From the time he was 9, he sensed he didn't fit in. At that young age, he'd asked his mother what a kid in his town meant by calling him gay. She told him not to use that "horrible" word, and that gay people are "bad." They "go to hell," she said, urging him "to pray for them, but never go near them."

Counting Homeless Kids, the Right Way

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. Ryan

Children don't vote. They rely on us to protect them. The ones who are the most vulnerable, those who are homeless and at risk of being prostituted, need us more than ever.

7 Things About Homeless Kids You Probably Didn't Know

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact

There are more than 1.6 million homeless children living in the United States, says The National Center on Family Homelessness. That's one in every 45...

Lawmaker Presents Foster Care Alternative For Homeless Teens

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California offers homeless teens an alternative to foster care and juvenile detention, two systems proponents say often fail yo...

Don't Pile More Discrimination on LGBTQ Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin M. Ryan

We've watched those caskets lowered into the ground, and grieved at those wakes and funerals, just as many thousands of child advocates all across the country have done. Legislation that endorses discrimination against them will only worsen their isolation and despair.

Brothers Kicked Out Of School After Becoming Homeless

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Two students who were kicked out of school after becoming homeless will temporarily be allowed back in their Pennsylvania district until a judge makes...

Take Action Today for Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Once in a while, an opportunity comes along for everyone to take an action to save a life. And it won't hurt a bit. You don't even have to step away from your screen. And I'm asking you to do it Wednesday.

Encouraging Steps in Abolishing Human Slavery

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

It goes without saying that most of us want to ramp up -- and win -- the war against human trafficking. America abolished slavery once before, and we can do it again.

Family Has Thrown Birthday Parties For Over 10,000 Homeless Kids

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.05.2013 | Impact

As Amy Cervantes watched her son Alex marvel at his gifts while surrounded by friends and family on his third birthday, she felt a twinge of sadness. ...

Balancing Budgets on the Backs of Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

As Congress has settled on how to fund the U.S. government through September 2013, the only federal program targeted specifically to homeless and trafficked kids, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, is about to be slashed.

The Big Apple, Biggest and Best in... Homelessness?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

New York leads the nation with many superlatives: it's the biggest, the artiest and most visited of our cities. Now, it has topped its own unfortunate record, with more homeless people sleeping in shelters each night than ever: more than 50,000 each night.

Kids Call Kids to Action: No Child Should Go Hungry

Steven Culbertson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Steven Culbertson

Hunger and homelessness are among the top issue areas that motivate kids to serve. Kids understand what it means to feel safe and to have food in their bellies. What's more, they find it unacceptable, and they are willing and able to do something about it.

Homeless Kids Lose a Mighty Advocate

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

She was the Mother Teresa of street children, a Holy tornado of determination and compassion. She lived and died every day with the successes and failures of our kids ... and she saw God in the tired faces of beautiful, forgotten kids.

Nonprofits Give Homeless Kids Happy Birthdays

USA Today | Haley Goldberg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact

The chorus of Happy Birthday ended, and the 7-year-old child stared, appearing perplexed, at the lit candle in the cupcake before him. "He didn't e...

Saki Knafo

At White House Panel On Homeless Kids, Some Say Obama Isn't Helping Enough | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.14.2012 | Impact

Carrie Parker likes to say that her story isn't a "typical homeless story." It started with a teenager "knocking on my door, asking for a place to sta...

Saki Knafo

Shocking Number Of U.S. Students Have No Home | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.28.2012 | Education

Back in November of 2005, Diane Nilan had what she now concedes may have struck some people as a “crazy notion.” She’d been working as advocate ...

How I Went From A Homeless, Abused Foster Kid To Fixing A Broken System

Sam Bracken | Posted 08.14.2012 | Impact
Sam Bracken

At this time of year we hear heartwarming stories about homeless kids who manage to graduate from college. Those kids are few and far between. Altho...

Take Action to Help Homeless Kids Now

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

If homeless children don't have a permanent place to stay, shouldn't they be able to get the help designated for them, without having to prove their status, or wallow in red tape while missing out on a childhood?

Congress Warned 'Toxic Stress' Dooms Homeless Children To Lifelong Poverty

Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

After the Apontes lost their Long Island home and moved into a motel, Yolanda and her husband began worrying about their youngest son, who had turned ...

Saki Knafo

They Live In Motels And On Friends' Couches, But Are These Kids Homeless? | Saki Knafo | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education

Homeless kids have the right to an education. That's the basic rationale behind the McKinney-Vento Act of 1987, a law meant to ensure that homeless ki...

LeAnn Rimes Profiles Homeless Kids In 'Give' Music Video

Danielle Cadet | Posted 11.14.2011 | Impact

LeAnn Rimes doesn't just sing about giving in her new music video, she invited homeless Chicago kids to tell their stories too, USA Today reports. ...

Schools For Homeless Students Grow By As Much As 74 Percent

Education Week | Michelle D. Anderson | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education

When Sarita Fuentes thinks of homelessness, she doesn't conjure the stereotypical image of a disheveled older man pushing a shopping cart through an u...

Cold Nights on the Boardwalk

Judy Ranan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Judy Ranan

There aren't many places for homeless kids to go when it rains in L.A. StandUp For Kids wants to build an outreach center in Venice to help these poor children who deserve a much better life.