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Advocates for Children and Youth has partnered with the Public Justice Center and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth to create the Maryland Higher Education Network (HEN). Our goal is to improve higher education outcomes for homeless youth and current and former foster youth. The three focus areas of the HEN are:

  1. Improving implementation of tuition waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (UHY) and Foster Youth (FY) including trainings and statutory fixes
  2. Outreach to ensure UHY, FY, and the professionals who work with them are well informed about the waivers
  3. Ensuring there is a robust service array for UHY & FY on their campuses to help them succeed academically

We partnered with the Public Justice Center to present a webinar on meeting the higher education needs of foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth for the Maryland College Application Campaign, which is aimed at increased first generation college students throughout Maryland. The campaign is October 23-27, 2017.

Our 2017 legislation passed, and the tuition waiver statute now clarifies that it covers credit and non-credit classes!

Here is a one-pager explaining the tuition waiver and other tuition assistance programs for foster youth and unaccompanied you.

On January 27th, 2016, ACY presented information about the tuition waiver at a training for all 200 Baltimore City Schools social workers. Our presentation will now be included in their internal “blackboard” system.

We had a great HEN meeting on December 12th. Contact us if you’d like to have a copy of the minutes.

On November 29th, 2016, ACY and PJC did a webinar for Court Appointed Special Advocates across Maryland.

The HEN hosted a webinar on October 11th. Please find the presentation here.

On October 7th, 2016, ACY presented this training on the tuition waiver for unaccompanied foster youth and homeless youth at the Maryland Association for Resources Families and Youth Annual Conference in Ocean City, MD.