Helping homeless teens graduate

Did you know that...


of Rochester City School district students experienced homelessness during the 2018-2019 school year


are more likely to drop out of school than their housed peer


are more likely to experience homelessness as a young adult when lacking a diploma or GED

The Problem

National data reports in 2018 indicate that over 3% of all high school students experienced a form of homelessness or home insecurity.

There is reason to believe this number is higher because students are reluctant to identify themselves as homeless due to fear of being entered into “the system” and being uprooted from their known environment.

COVID-19 has undoubtedly exacerbated this phenomenon.

High School Graduation Rates for New York State by Homeless Status

NYS Non-Homeless 86%
NYS Homeless 64%
Rochester Non-Homeless 64%
Rochester Homeless 40%

Data provided by NYS. Homeless as a percent of the total student population is 4%. According to data provided by NYS, their homeless students drop out at 3x the rate of non-homeless.

Supporting SPIRIT NYS means homeless students can...

Improve academic attendance and Performance

Grow in important life-skills

Become assets to the community

Find better career opportunities

Accomplish self-directed goals


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