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Videos: Awareness Videos on Homelessness and Homeless Education

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NCHE Resources

NCHE Online Tutorial Videos
NCHE Online Tutorial Videos provide brief overviews of various topics related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including primers on federal legislation and general awareness pieces.
Access NCHE Online Tutorial Videos.

Other Resources

16:49 - Sixteen Hours, Forty-Nine Minutes
Project 16:49 is run by HEAT, the Homeless Education Action Team, which is a subcommittee of the Rock County Homeless Intervention Task Force (Beloit, Wisconsin). Project 16:49 is a group of service providers and concerned citizens who have been working to provide a safe and stable place for homeless Rock County teens since February 2008. In 2010, HEAT, in conjunction with R.E. Burgos of Films With a Purpose (F.W.A.P.) Studios, created and produced 16:49, a film about the 16 hours and 49 minutes homeless children and youth must live through between the end of one school day and the beginning of the next. Featuring the stories the experiences of Kayla, Cory, and Brandon, three unaccompanied homeless youth, 16:49 is a powerful look into the daily lives of some of our nation's most vulnerable kids.
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60 Minutes: The Hard Times Generation | 60 Minutes: Families Living in Cars
Host Scott Pelley takes a closer look at family and youth homelessness in Central Florida. Pelley profiles several different families in homeless situations, including a family doubling up with a neighbor, a family living in a motel, and a family living in a truck.
View The Hard Times Generation (Part 1).
View Families Living in Cars (Part 2).

America's Invisible Children
Host Joan Lunden looks at the dire state of homeless children and their struggle to get a basic education. America's Invisible Children shares the personal stories of some of the 1.3 million homeless children in the U.S. who overcome unimaginable obstacles every day, in order to stay in school and break the cycle of poverty. This video shatters preconceived notions of homelessness, reminding us of the hidden victims of homelessness—the children.
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Faces of Homelessness
This 13-minute video from the National Coalition for the Homeless is a great resource to begin a group discussion about homelessness in America or to use with a "Faces of Homelessness" panel presentation. The video features images taken by award-winning photographers from around the country. Photographs are accompanied with powerful music that enables the viewer to see the many men, women, and children of America who experience homelessness every day.
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Great Beginnings: Enrolling Homeless Children and Youth in School
This video from the Texas Region XIII Education Service Center Homeless Education Project explores the issue of the immediate enrollment of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through information and interviews, the video explores what federal law states about the immediate enrollment of homeless students and what schools can do to overcome the perceived obstacles to immediate enrollment.
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Hear Us Awareness Videos
This YouTube channel from Hear Us, a non-profit organization that produces films and books that are used by educators and other stakeholders to call attention to the crisis of family and youth homelessness, provides a variety of short- and medium-length awareness video clips.
Visit the Hear Us YouTube channel.

Homeless Athletes: The Power of Sports and the Struggle to Survive
More than 100,000 students on U.S. youth, public school, and college athletic teams don't have a stable, adequate place to live. Sports Illustrated goes inside the lives of three teen athletes struggling to overcome the hardships of homelessness.
View Homeless Athletes: The Power of Sports and the Struggle to Survive.

Idaho Homeless Education Training Series
This video series from the Idaho State Department of Education covers important homeless education topics, including: Definitions and Eligibility; Enrollment; School of Origin and Transportation; Identification and Notices; Liaison Responsibilities; Dispute Resolution; Collaboration with Community Agencies; and Title IA Requirements. The videos were created as training tools for local liaisons, district staff, and school staff.
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In Their Own Voices
This 16-minute video from the Santa Barbara County Education Office presents what children experiencing homelessness have to say about school and homelessness: the challenges of not having a home to go to after school, or enough food, or a warm bed in which to sleep. For more information, contact Melody Stankosky at 805-964-4710 x4410.

The McKinney-Vento Act in Our Schools
Patricia Julianelle (Legal Director, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth [NAEHCY]) has created a series of videos that can be used to make training sessions more dynamic. These videos build awareness of homelessness while providing basic information about the McKinney-Vento Act. Each DVD includes 10 short videos featuring interviews with real educators and designed for specific audiences, including: registrars, principals, counselors, federal programs administrators, and community groups. A preview of three of the videos is available at To order, contact Patricia Julianelle at
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Montana Focus: Homeless Schooling
They're not as visible as homeless populations in large metropolitan areas of the country, but the growing number of homeless families in Montana face the same challenges of finding food and shelter. More often than not, homeless kids don't have a place to study or sleep. They show up for school hungry and are expected to compete for higher grades with students who are much better off financially. Montana Focus, a program of the Montana PBS affiliate, introduces us to homeless students around the state and documents their struggles and successes. How prepared will they be to complete K through 12, get a diploma and attend the university or college of their choosing? You might be surprised.
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My Own Four Walls
My Own Four Walls is a unique documentary featuring accounts of homelessness from children and youth. My Own Four Walls is a collection of short documentaries depicting homelessness as experienced by children and teens in non-urban areas of the country. These young homelessness experts share their challenges and their dreams, common to over 1.5 million children and youth in this country who typically remain invisible, struggling to get into and succeed in school.
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No Place to Call Home: Homeless and a Student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College
No Place to Call Home explores the issue of homelessness among college students, profiling several students attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and the supports available to them as they confront the challenge of homelessness while working towards a college degree.
View No Place to Call Home.

NYS-TEACHS Homeless Education Video Simulation
This video simulation, created by NYS-TEACHS, highlights something often encountered but rarely examined - the way discussions about homelessness impact whether students in temporary housing are properly identified and enrolled in school. The simulation demonstrates the powerful effect of speaking with sensitivity, and conversely how the lack of sensitivity can derail a conversation with a parent. Conversation choices can make an enormous difference between whether the school district gets the information it needs to make a decision about eligibility under McKinney-Vento and ultimately whether the district is able to carry out its mandates properly under McKinney-Vento. Use this video simulation exercise to increase staff competence and confidence in working with families and students in temporary housing, while ensuring that conversations are productive for all involved.
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REACH: Connect Your Children with Education
This video from Hear Us explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness, with special emphasis on educating incarcerated parents on how to advocate for their children's education during periods of incarceration.
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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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