On May 11th, 2022, a briefing titled “Supporting Higher Education Success for Youth With Experience in Foster Care and Homelessness: A Briefing on Four Legislative Proposals that Can Make A Difference,” was hosted by Schoolhouse Connection, John Burton Advocates for Youth and the Youth Law Center, in collaboration with the offices of Representative Danny Davis and Senator Bob Casey, with Senator Patty Murray recognized as an honorary co-host. The effort was led by young people with lived experience in the foster care system and with homelessness and highlighted the following bills:

  • The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (S 3616/HR 6666) (Murray, Portman, Clark, Young);
  • The Fostering Success in Higher Education Act (HR 6669/S3605) (Davis, Krishnamoorthi, Casey, Brown, Smith);
  • Helping Foster and Homeless Youth Achieve Act (S 3350) (Portman, Rosen) and
  • The Fostering Postsecondary Success for Foster and Homeless Youth Act (HR 2028) (Kildee, Bacon).

The panelists also called attention to the need for reform in the areas of the Chafee Education and Training Voucher Program and the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement for federal financial aid.

The webinar can be viewed for free here.

To sign on to the bills highlighted during the briefing, visit this website.