Integral Youth Services has partnered with Klamath Falls City and County School Districts to identify students living in transitional situations not deemed appropriate for night time residency. We also work to engage in the homeless communities, and post in public areas to help gain awareness of this program in hopes that these youth will participate.
The McKinney-Vento Act was created as a way to ensure all children are given equal opportunity to a fair and just education.
The purpose of the Homeless Education Liaison Program–also known as the HELP– is to meet the needs of at risk youth and ensure equal access for all students. IYS accomplishes this goal in the following ways:
Liaisons are trained to visit schools regularly, monitor attendance, and help advocate for kids with excessive missed days. The students and their parents work with the Liaisons on regular basis to ensure that all needs are met and that all kids are taken care of. The goal of this program, and of the Liaisons is to ensure equal opportunity, and IYS wants to see the kids of the program succeed.
Eligibility criteria for HELP assistance includes all public school students, preschool through 12th grade, who meet the definition of living in inadequate, temporary, or not fixed housing, established by the McKinney-Vento Act, the primary federal funding under of this program. Students or their parents sign a release of confidentiality agreement between IYS and the City or County School Districts. This permits IYS staff to serve as an advocate for students in the school system.
If you think you might be interested, or know someone who could benefit from the program, and lives in the city limits of Klamath Falls, call Jacci Coffing at (541)591-4472
If you think you might be interested, or know someone who could benefit from the program, and lives in the county limits of Klamath Falls, call Tina Zaragoza at (541)205-2624
Beginning September 29th, 2020, Integral Youth Services top floor will become a Distance Learning Support Center for McKinney-Vento kids. This will give homeless and at risk youth a place where they can go to do their homework on their computer, and provide them with the ability to get hands on tutor support from our teachers that will be on-site. We will have this program up to CDC guidelines, desks will be distanced to meet the needs and requirements, and kids will be expected to wear masks as well.
The Clothing Closet is a program through Homeless Education where students and homeless youth can come and get clothing, supplies, etc. Youth must be enrolled in the Homeless Education program in order to participate. Youth are allowed 3 outfits a month, and 1 pair of pajamas.
Due to COVID-19 our clothing closet is closed to the public. Youth can still receive clothing, but must call and make an appointment in advance. Our Liaisons are on site ready to help, and will still be working through enrollment, clothing, and supplies during this time.
There are several ways to donate to the Homeless Education Liaison Program! Time, Equity, Clothing and Supplies are just a few easy ways to give back. And Good news! Since IYS is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit, anything donated is a tax deductible for you!
To learn more about how to donate or get more information on our volunteer opportunities, please call us at (541)882-2053, or visit our main office at 115 North 10th Street.
Due to COVID-19 we are limiting the amount of people allowed in our Clothing Closet, as well as the number of donations coming in. Please call for an appointment if you are in need of clothing, or have donations to give.