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07/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2019 10:00

$10,000 Grant Awarded to Homeless Children’s Education Fund

Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Standard Charitable Foundation, with support from Standard Bank, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) to specifically support teens in public schools and shelters who are experiencing homelessness. The Teen Outreach Program has two staff and a cadre of volunteers who work one-on-one with teens and young adults in classrooms as they plan for college or training to become career ready.

The Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to support the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County (which totaled over 4,000 children in the 2017-2018 school year). Over the years, HCEF's role in the community has developed and expanded to meet these needs. HCEF relies on support from community foundations, corporations, and individuals and receives no governmental funding.

Homeless Children's Education Fund's Mission

Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF)'s mission is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Southwestern Pennsylvania, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens.

We believe that . . .

  • All people have intrinsic value, unique gifts, and deserve respect.
  • Homelessness is a condition, not an identity.
  • Quality education is a civil right, which breaks the cycle of poverty and empowers youth to lead fulfilling lives.
  • Parents and families are critical partners in their children's education.
  • Every community is responsible for eliminating homelessness.

Their Unique Niche

  • The only nonprofit in the Pittsburgh region focused on this unique population and their needs.
  • According to research done at First 5 LA, youth who experience homelessness are three times more likely to encounter trauma- both as a result from their homelessness and the situation that caused them to be homeless. By age 12, 83% of children experiencing homelessness have been exposed to at least one serious, violent incident, and almost 25% have witnessed intimate partner violence. This trauma directly makes it more difficult to stay motivated in school, creating another barrier to breaking out of the cycle of homelessness.
  • HCEF takes a holistic approach, focusing on social-emotional learning. We recognize that in order for students to succeed academically, they need emotional support. They train volunteers, instructors, and staff to not only close academic achievement gaps, but to build empathic and supportive relationships. In 2019-2020 school year, they are implementing a curriculum to Steel Valley School District, which focuses on teen suicide prevention.

Ways to support HCEF

  • Donations fuel their mission and are appreciated. https://homelessfund.org/donate/
  • HCEF is always looking for volunteers! Roles are varied: you could work directly with kids and teens or help with events and awareness programs such as Homeless Children's Awareness Week and the Pittsburgh Marathon. Contact Brian Knight at [email protected] to learn how to help.
  • We have a fundraising event September 12, 2019 at Spirit PGH. We are looking for guests, sponsors, and auction donors. To learn more call us at 412-562-0154or go to: https://homelessfund.ejoinme.org/Bierhaus2019

About the Standard Charitable Foundation

As a community bank that believes in making a difference, Standard Bank keeps money local by deriving its funds and lending to the communities in which it operates-ultimately helping to grow the local economy. To further support their dedication to community growth, the bank helps provide financial assistance to local non-profits via the Standard Charitable Foundation (established in 2011). The Foundation typically awards grants twice a year to deserving and qualifying organizations in the communities in which Standard Bank serves. For grant qualifications and applications, visit a local Standard Bank office or speak with an associate of the bank today!