I've been asked by a colleague if I can provide evidence about the impact of ACEs on youth and young adults (between 15 and 29) . She is assisting a local organization to evaluate a youth education and employment initiative. The lead organization is working to show that comprehensive supports are vital to help youth deal with such trauma and move forward with their education and employment goals.

Your guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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I'm so glad you posted this here to get specific info. / feedback as relates to older teens, young adults/adults - not only on what the impact of ACEs are on this age group but also what specific things people do once people in this age group are identified as having lots of ACEs. And how that matters, helps, supports people in the present, as well as what it can do for the next generation. I'm interested to learn from the collective wisdom of everyone in this network.


Homeless (Education) Trauma might be an important place to look into. The number of homeless and unaccompanied youth has grown each year by significant numbers in California, and within the school district I work in. I work in homeless education and I am  seeing the complex issues these students face on a daily basis. We must do better in making sure these students and young adults do not slip through the cracks. 

I have reached out to the US Department of Ed for current statistics on homeless and unaccompanied youth for the US, not only California. As soon as I get this information I will post. The school site that I am housed at-is the #1 school for homeless youth in Sacramento County. Last year we served 3583 students. And..I am certain we are not capturing all of these students. The numbers are growing immensely. I have been in public education for 30 years, doing McKinney Vento services since 2002. In 2002, SJUSD had 300 homeless and unaccompanied students. I continue to search for ways to be certain that we can identify, enroll and support all of these youth with their educational needs, by removing all barriers they face. 

AB 1806 is a California program that is providing a reduction in credits for homeless youth. I have attached a link about that service. 



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