Wisconsin won two of five 2010 awards from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY). NAEHCY gives one award annually across the United States. The Green Bay Area Public School District won the 2010 Outstanding School-Based Program Award, and two Wisconsin documentaries tied for the Outstanding Media Presentation Award. NEWIST/TV 38 and the School District of Beloit each created a documentary on unaccompanied youth who are homeless.
Sixteen Hours, Forty-nine Minutes or 16:49:00, Beloit’s documentary, was given its title based on some homeless students’ most challenging time – when the school day ends until the next school day begins. Rock County indentified over 100 students last year who were homeless with no place to go. The school districts of Beloit and Janesville, along with a coalition of community agencies, are raising $700,000 for a youth shelter in Rock County. Please watch this short video of one student’s story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24TwORsNpJ0.
NEWIST/CESA 7, in Green Bay, produced a 2009 Teen Connection program about homeless students and this year created the documentary, The Hidden Homeless, which aired on Wisconsin Public Television in September 2010.
Wisconsin has received five NAEHCY awards within the last seven years: 2004: Madison Metropolitan School District; 2006: Kenosha Unified School District – Shalom Center After-School Program; 2007: Wisconsin Rapids School District; 2010: Green Bay Area Public Schools; and 2010: Newist/TV 38 and the School District of Beloit
Tony Evers, PhD, State Superintendent, January 31, 2011
More information about the state of Wisconsin's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY)Program on the DPI's website.
Wisconsin ranks 7th in the nation in child homelessness. This rank is a composite of
the number of children currently homeless in the state, an assessment of how children are faring in various domains (i.e., food security, health, education), the risk of children becoming homeless, and the state planning and policy efforts.At the time this report was published there were 197,000 children living in poverty. 12,047 were homeless and 5,060 were under the age of 6 years.