Using School Buildings to Help Saint Paul's Homeless Youth

by Angie Jeffery | Apr 03, 2013
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With one million dollars we could help solve St. Paul's homeless families with children. We have many existing shelters that sit empty most nights while being heated and filled with existing supplies and it is already paid for with our tax dollars. These shelters are our well equipped public schools (private schools as well).

As a teacher I had too many students miss coming to school and instead walking the streets and skyways with their siblings and parents often with worn-out shoes and inadequate clothing. One child said he spent the day with his dad at a bar and kept their sack of things in the back room. He played pool all day with his recovering alcoholic dad until the shelters opened. He didn't have access to a school bus so he'd miss many days in at a time and the school lost state aid each time for that child.

One million dollars could be spent on purchasing mattresses, clothing, etc., for the sponsoring school and the parents could help out in classrooms, library and maintenance during the day. A security guard, some rules and school staff volunteers could also be on hand to help with homework, recreation, health for the students, and job search, GED preparation and counseling for their parents. Everybody wins!

In talking with my school staff they would be happy to work one night a month to implement this plan. It included teachers, a nurse, a social worker and phy ed teachers. Schools with swimming pools have shower rooms also. Organized activities could help and T.V.s with family films could be available too.

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Angie

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Using School Buildings to Help Saint Paul's Homeless Youth

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

With one million dollars we could help solve St. Paul's homeless families with children. We have many existing shelters that sit empty most nights while being heated and filled with existing supplies and it is already paid for with our tax dollars. These shelters are our well equipped public schools (private schools as well).
As a teacher I had too many students miss coming to school and instead walking the streets and skyways with their siblings and parents often with worn-out shoes and inadequate clothing. One child said he spent the day with his dad at a bar and kept their sack of things in the back room. He played pool all day with his recovering alcoholic dad until the shelters opened. He didn't have access to a school bus so he'd miss many days in at a time and the school lost state aid each time for that child.
One million dollars could be spent on purchasing mattresses, clothing, etc., for the sponsoring school and the parents could help out in classrooms, library and maintenance during the day. A security guard, some rules and school staff volunteers could also be on hand to help with homework, recreation, health for the students, and job search, GED preparation and counseling for their parents. Everybody wins!
In talking with my school staff they would be happy to work one night a month to implement this plan. It included teachers, a nurse, a social worker and phy ed teachers. Schools with swimming pools have shower rooms also. Organized activities could help and T.V.s with family films could be available too.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea is different from our present system that cannot provide enough shelters and needs the families to leave all day, causing these needy families to wander and the children miss a necessary education education and the school loses money as a result.

This is an unexpected resource going to waste and could solve the homeless families problems without having to build facilities or purchase them.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The difference it will make for St. Paul is the pride our citizens will have knowing that we could solve this big problem easily and quickly and be a model for other communities. We won't have the homeless wandering our skyways and streets causing many of us to feel guilty that we aren't solving this sad problem. These families can be helped to become productive citizens who can also contribute to taxes eventually.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

People will remember this idea as finally finding a solution to this difficult and pervasive problem present in too many communities. We could be a model for communities through out the nation. One person who I think would be interested because it has always been her concern is Oprah Winfrey.

Private organizations such as the McKnight Foundation, Wilder Foundation and others might want to help as well.

Business partners like Target, Tom Thumb, 3M and General Mills may also help especially is a pilot or model program can be observed after it is up and running and successful.

johnshantelle143 johnshantelle143 said: There are youths who wanted to go to school. It will them to have a better future. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2612 days ago read more >

Angie Jeffery submitted this idea. - 2849 days ago