Advocate and provide legal assistance for the educational rights of homeless students in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs through outreach, community education and direct representation.
Alyssa is the right person for the project because she:
• Interned with the CCH Law Project’s Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), where she assisted homeless families in enrolling their children in preschool and conducted outreach at homeless shelters
• Worked for Building Roads to Intellectual Diversity and Great Education (BRIDGE) assisting low income high school students from the Chicago Land Area in accessing higher education
In the first six months, Alyssa will:
• Research and create educational materials on best practices and guidelines to ensure homeless students receive the full protections and rights under the law
• Identify community partners and conduct outreach at Back to School fairs, with homeless liaisons, school administrators and community service providers in Chicago and the suburbs of Chicago
• Conduct intakes in Chicago and the suburbs of Chicago to aid homeless families