UCLA and LA Mission Partner To Help Teachers Educate Students About The Causes Of Homelessness
UCLA and Los Angeles Mission have partnered together to help give the tools to teachers to educate their students about the causes of homelessness. “An Unspoken Reality: A Workbook For Dismantling Student Homelessness” is available for download for free and authorized for usage by any teachers. The workbook contains a easily approachable and accessible guide to beginning to build lesson plans in K-12 classrooms around the causes of student homelessness.
A landmark study and report published by UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools titled “State of Crisis: Dismantling Student Homelessness in California” was released in 2020. This study clearly demonstrated the immediate need to address and confront student homelessness as a growing crisis. Los Angeles Mission provides resources to homeless individuals in Skid Row including mental health and transitional recovery programs.
In recent years, the homeless budgets of many cities and states has overwhelmingly focused on research rather than educating the public on the systemic causes of homelessness. In an effort to curb misconceptions around homelessness and its causes, Los Angeles Mission partnered with UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools to develop a workbook for teachers. The goal in developing the workbook is to help students learn about homelessness and assist teachers in developing the lesson plans around it and help future generations understand the systemic roots of the issue.
“An Unspoken Reality: A Workbook For Dismantling Student Homelessness” is a project of Los Angeles Mission and UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. This workbook is authored by Steven Nass and Eli Graham of Los Angeles Mission Arts Council and Geneva Sum and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools team. Workbook Art Direction by Ben Apatow for the Los Angeles Mission Arts Council.