This Program Helps Homeless Students Stay in School

Written by Sean Ryon

S.I.M.B.A. and A.S.E.T. help kids who have experienced homelessness find college and career support among their peers.

During the 2016-17 school year, over 111,500 students in New York City experienced homelessness at some point. For the past decade, S.I.M.B.A — which stands for “Safe in my Brothers Arms” — has been helping that same population overcome their struggles with homelessness.

Operated by NYC’s Department of Education, S.I.M.B.A. offers academic resources, extracurricular activities and college- and career-readiness training to a current class of 50 young men. In 2008, it launched a sister organization, A.S.E.T. — or “All Sisters Evolving Together” — to serve female high school students. This year, A.S.E.T serves a cohort of 38 young women.

“High school students, above all other homeless cohorts, were dropping out at an exponentially higher rate,” says program director Wayne Harris. “So when I took this position, I said, ‘If that’s what the data says, that’s the population that I want to work with.’”

Since its inception, S.I.M.B.A. and A.S.E.T together have served over 1,000 high school students. Last year, it celebrated its 10th anniversary, and its most recent class of seniors all graduated high school with multiple offers to attend college.

Watch the video above to learn more about S.I.M.B.A. and A.S.E.T.’s work.

This post originally appeared on NationSwell.

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21 comments

Ann B
Ann B2 months ago

we cat get the kids with homes to stay in school---- POOR parenting for sure

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W2 months ago

thank you for posting

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Fantastic Thank youfor caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

This ia wonderful should be done everywhere Thank youfor caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Great information and advice Thank youfor caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Very interrsting article Thank youfor caring and sharing

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Anne M
Anne Moran2 months ago

S.I.M.B.A and A.S.E.T. ,, what wonderful organizations !! - Too bad the rich can't dig deep and help these people out... - No,, they just sit there on their fat azzes,, with money oozing outta them, not realizing that they can't take it with them... - How many houses and cars does one person need ?? - Time to cough up...

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RK R
RK R2 months ago

Another program called S.C.A.R Students Colleges Are Reachable is another consideration. In the S.C.A.R. program it coincides with S.I.M.B.A. Remember Simba fed Scar to the hyenas in the Lion King. Time to reverse that memory.

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Camilla V
Camilla Vaga2 months ago

thx

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Sherry K
Sherry K2 months ago

Many thanks to you !

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