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Student Interviews: How do People Become Homeless?

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April 05, 2011 08:30 pm


In case you missed it, a few weeks ago the Alliance hosted a webinar on the Impact of Homelessness on a Student’s Education. To understand this issue from a student’s perspective, the Alliance brought four young people to Washington DC. All four students experienced homelessness throughout their schooling, including their middle and high school years.

We heard from Rachel Kindell, who is a sophomore at the University of New Mexico studying Criminology and preparing for the Police Academy. And met with Naomi White, a junior at Gateway Community and Technical College in Cincinnati, OH. She is a full-time student, studying early childhood education. We got to know Adem and Tim Gurdal, brothers from Gainesville, Florida. Adem Gurdal is a senior at the University of Florida, studying Marketing and working two jobs. His brother Tim began taking classes at Santa Fe College this semester, and is also working full-time.

We connected to these students through a scholarship program administered by our partner, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. While in Washington DC, these remarkable young people met with Alliance staff, shared their insights with policymakers, including 2 U.S. Senators, and toured the US Capitol.

In the video below, Naomi and Rachel answer the question, “How did you become homeless?”

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