Returning to School in Tumultuous Times: Resources to Encourage Dialogue and Learning

  • Black or African American students comprise only 13% of all high school students, but represent 20.3% of high school students experiencing homelessness.
  • Hispanic or Latino students comprise 25.6% of all high school students, but represent 35.9% of high school students experiencing homelessness.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) students comprise 1.4% of all high school students, but represent 1.6% of high school students experiencing homelessness. Other studies show much greater disparities, and that AIAN young adults had three times the prevalence rate of homelessness as their White non-Hispanic peers.
  • High school students who identify as LGBQ are over twice as likely to experience homelessness than heterosexual students.
  • Transgender high school students are over nine times more likely to experience homelessness than cisgender students.
  • High school students who are pregnant or have gotten someone pregnant are ten times more likely to experience homelessness than those who were not pregnant or had not gotten someone pregnant. This makes pregnancy the highest correlation with high school homelessness of all the CDC’s youth risk behaviors that we have examined to date.
  • Pregnancy and parenting is the second highest risk factor for experiencing homelessness as a young adult; in fact, 43% of 18- to 25-year-old young women experiencing homelessness have at least one child.
  • High school students experiencing homelessness are 4.39 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to stably housed youth.
  • High school students experiencing homelessness are 2.59 times more likely to be bullied on school property or electronically compared to their stably housed peers.

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