"Children of the Night With Out Walls" (WOW) goes to the Streets providing trained, skilled, expert staff to shelters nationwide offering sophisticated case management, educational programs, legal services, professional volunteers, fundraising expertise and in-kind donations. WOW offers teenagers on the streets access to birth certificates, school records, social security cards, transportation to critical social services, case management, job placement, educational services and GED testing.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Adolescents living in shelters across America are not receiving the educational services or mental health services required to permanently remove them from life on the streets. And most shelters limit a teens shelter stay to 21 days. There are currently no services to provide a continuum of educational and mental health services desperately needed by these teens. Children of the Night WOW can provide those services to teens between and during their stays in shelters, motels or on the streets.
How will this project solve this problem?
Children of the Night Outreach will travel the US offering case management and educational services to shelter staff and their clients. We will provide Case Management specializing in mental health services including Social Security Benefits and Mental Health Placements, Educational Services including GED/Keyboarding/College Placement/ Life Skills. We will work with teens during their stays in underfunded shelters, when released from detention centers and when they are on the streets.
Potential Long Term Impact
WOW is a cost effective means of providing resources to Americans teens who are forced to live on the streets and the numbers of children and young people who may be rescued by this collaborative effort is only limited by the amount of financial resources dedicated to this program. Currently Children of the Night places 10% of its residents in college annually. Our pilot program, shelter partners and detention centers tells us that no one is providing a continuum of care for these children.
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,551
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $90,449
Total Funding Goal: $100,000