Impact Center Schools- Ending Student Homelessness
There are approximately 200 homeless or at risk students in the Center School District. We believe that no student should have to worry about where they will lay their head at night. That is why we have made it our mission to end student homelessness in the Center School District.
Using the Collective Impact approach modeled by Avenue of Life in Kansas City, Kansas, we aim to see all Center students secure and maintain dignified, permanent housing.
By partnering with government, school, non-profit, religious, and for-profit organizations, we aim to remove social, economic, health, and housing barriers for these families. Join us as we seek to end student homelessness by 2022.
How did we get here?
In 2016 a group of community leaders, led by Mark Potter and Linda Braaten, met with Dr. Nibbelink and other leaders from the Center School District to listen to some of the challenges the Center School District is facing. At the initial meeting this group heard great things about the Center District as well as some challenges involving declining attendance rates, a lack of accessible mental health providers, increased poverty, and obstacles involving college and career readiness.
Over time, a group, known as Center Impact, was formed. This group continued to invite more people to the table who could help achieve the shared vision of “Creating a network of mentors who empower Center students to thrive and the Center community to flourish.”
It soon became apparent that Center students would not only benefit from mentoring relationships, but the homeless families would also greatly benefit from added resources. At this point, the group turned to Avenue of Life, which generously offered to become not only our model, but our coach. And that’s why we’re here today – because we want to create a network of relationships and resources that will cause our students to thrive and our community to flourish.