• Young, Gifted & Homeless - Part 2

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    The reasons for this crisis vary. Some students find themselves out in the cold because of ....

  • Young, Gifted & Homeless - Part 1

    The numbers give way to pause...The federal government reports that four Midwestern states – including Missouri – have seen homeless rates among individuals age 24 and younger jump 55 percent since 2016. Missouri has the tenth largest teen homeless rate in the United States. 

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Young, Gifted & Homeless - Part 2

Imagine every K-12 student in Virginia, or the entire population of Dallas, Texas. According to several recent statistics, that’s the number of homeless students in America: 1.3 million. 

The reasons for this crisis vary. So....

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