November is National Youth Homelessness Awareness month. There are 1.3 million homeless children in America’s public schools. Over 29,000 of those children are attending Orange County schools. Many can be found living in motel rooms, cars, shelters – hidden in plain sight. At Project Hope Alliance, we help bring visibility, awareness, and hope to youth experiencing homelessness through our champions and advocates in our staff-we call them our Visible Army.
Meet one of our visible army members, Jose! Jose has been on Team Kid since Summer 2019. Jose has always had a heart for service and helping others. He was enlisted in the Army National Guard for 6 years, while also dedicating his career to working directly with at-risk youth. Jose has been an amazing champion and mentor for PHA’s students, specifically with his ability to connect them to new and enriching experiences. This month, Jose organized a tour of Chapman University for our middle and high school students. They were given an exclusive tour of the new science center, listened to a panel of University professors from all departments, and enjoyed lunch at the school dining hall. For some of our students, this was their first time on a college campus. Jose loves being on #Teamkid because of the opportunity to connect his students to their community through new experiences they did not even know existed for them. He is showing them that their current circumstances do not determine their futures.
Jose and all of our visible army members on Team Kid see our kids, they see what they experience when they are not at school, and see the challenges they face. They also see their potential, and they step up to defend it. Our visible army brings awareness, visibility, and hope to youth experiencing homelessness. They are breaking the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.
Click to meet the rest of our Visible Army members here.
This month we need your help to bring Hope For the Holidays for our youth. Click to learn how you can help.