The Homeless Education Network plans events that help participants to more effectively understand, identify, and address the educational needs of the homeless youth and families they directly serve, including:
- Updating members on key policy, legislative, and funding issues that impact homeless youth
- Sharing new research, data, and best practices in the field of homeless education
- Linking diverse stakeholders through purposeful discussions around topics of shared concern (ex: school social workers interfacing with police officers around issues of truancy)
- Increasing members’ awareness of local resources to support their clients
- Supporting members in the development of collaborative projects and initiatives
Most of these objectives are met through quarterly network meetings and the annual Summit. Participants are surveyed regularly by HCEF staff to identify topics of interest and training needs. The HEN occasionally hosts special trainings and presentations at the request of its members.
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