Title

Homeless Education in Colorado: What can be done to Reengage Homeless Dropouts in Public Education?

Date of Award

8-11-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Applied Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Organiz & Prof Communication

Advisor

Richard Khleif

Keywords

Homelessness; Education

Abstract

This Capstone examines barriers faced by Colorado public school dropouts who wish to re-enter the educational system to achieve a high school diploma, and explicates the measures needed in order for these students to overcome said barriers. Primary research includes interviews with experts in youth homelessness and education. Secondary research highlights four key issues: mobility, availability of services, data, and the differences between earning a diploma versus obtaining a General Education Development (GED) equivalency. Results show that substantial barriers are faced by homeless youth wishing to reengage in their education and that additional options are needed for disadvantaged young people to successfully access educational opportunities. A detailed discussion is provided, including recommendations and potential solutions regarding youth homelessness and education.

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