February 26, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Forum to be held to address youth homelessness crisis
Each night, over 40 percent of students are homeless and highly mobile at local high school
St. Paul, MN—In an effort to find immediate solutions to its homeless and highly mobile youth crisis, High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), in partnership with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, has launched a new program, Homes for HSRA Students, to find housing solutions for more than 40 percent of HSRA students who find themselves homeless or highly mobile each night.
The Homes for HSRA Students initiative will be officially announced at a community event, “The Fierce Urgency of Now” Forum to be held Friday, March 6, 2015, 4:30p.m.- 6:00p.m., at High School for Recording Arts, 1166 University Avenue West, in St. Paul.
Panelists at the forum include, but are not limited to: State Representative Rena Moran; St. Paul City Councilmember Dai Thao, Ward 1; Cathy Ten Broeke, State Director to End Homelessness; Bobbi Cordano, Vice President of Programs, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation; and Lisa Thornquist, Heading Home Hennepin.
“When students are homeless and highly mobile, it greatly affects their readiness to learn and grow in school,” explained Tony Simmons, HSRA Executive Director. “Through this initiative, we will be able to address student absenteeism, safety, nutrition and the well-being of our talented and able students. Our young people deserve a fighting chance to get a world-class education and that starts with making sure they are safe and secure.”
The Community Forum is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Members of the media are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Lana Harris, Homes for HSRA Students Program Manager, at (612) 720-8172.
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