Community Education Digest
 
June 2017
Welcome to our Community Education Digest! The aim of Ozone House's Community Education Digest newsletter is to connect our community's resources and services with the youth and families who need them most. Each month, the Community Education Digest highlights an Ozone House program along with related resources in our community. Many of these resources can also be found in the Ozone House Info Cards shown below. 

This month we highlight our Drop-In Center.

IN THIS ISSUE
Drop-In Center
Jessica Herrmann
Resources for Youth in our Community
The Education Project
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Drop-In Center 

The Ozone House Drop-In Center is a safe and supportive space for young people ages 13-20 to hang out, learn new skills and get support. It is located in Ypsilanti at 102 N. Hamilton right down the street from the Ypsilanti Transit Center. Young people can stop by any time after 4pm on a weekday and have the opportunity to do any or all of the following things:
  • Hang out at a safe place
  • Eat a hot meal
  • Meet people
  • Talk to someone
  • Get food from the pantry
  • Do laundry
  • Talk about substance use and abuse
  • Take a shower
  • Use computers & phones
  • Play games
  • Get toiletries
  • Get more info or help
  • Engage in skills groups
  • Talk to a job coach

The Drop-In is host to multiple programs and events, including the engagement program, workzone, and pridezone. Also, every Thursday night, the DIC has special programming, like a monthly career panel. On the third Thursday of each month, young people have the opportunity to hear from and engage with professionals from all across our community.

EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE SUMMER!
Drop-In Center Hours for June 19, 2017- August 18, 2017
Monday 4-6pm
Tuesday 4-9 pm
Wednesday 4-6 pm (PrideZone: 6-8pm)
Thursday 4-9 pm
Friday 4-9 pm
Meals: served between 4 and 4:30 every weekday.

For more information about the Drop-In Center check out the Ozone House DIC website or call 734-485-2222
Meet Jessica Herrmann

Jessica Herrmann joined the Ozone House team just over a year ago, and continues to find ways to make an impact each and every day. Since May 2016, she has worked as a Drop-In Center worker, greeting incoming youth with a smile and an offer of support. Recently she added Youth Specialist to her roles, and now supports youth both at the DIC and in our emergency shelter and transitional living spaces. Jessica loves the special vibe of the Drop-In Center and the positive environment it provides for young people. There are constantly different and creative ways to provide opportunities for developing positive life skills and experiences for youth in the space.  At Ozone House generally, Jessica values the agency's goals of meeting youth where they are at, working to develop positive relationships and commitment to social justice.

Jessica is an Ann Arbor native. She attended Huron High School and then went on to get her bachelor's and MSW degrees from University of Michigan. Jessica's road to Ozone House is paved with work within the Ypsilanti and Ann arbor communities. As a MSW intern, Jessica worked at Community Action Network, the Bryant Community Center and Corner Health. She's also volunteered at the Ypsilanti Grizzly Student Support Center, worked for the YMCA community outreach programs in Ypsilanti and spent time with Bright Futures. Because of all her experiences, Jessica has had the opportunity to see many of the young people she works with grow and learn over time and in different environments. When Jessica is not immersed in community work, she loves to dance (especially ballet at the studio she grew up dancing at in Ypsilanti), do arts and crafts projects, go for walks and play with her puppy Chloe. She also like to travel, spend times with family and friends, and spend Saturdays at the Big House watching Michigan Football!
  
 
Jessica can be reached at   jherrmann@ozonehouse.org or over at the Drop-In Center at 734-485-2222.
Resources for Youth in our Community

Washtenaw County Parks & Rec in collaboration with a number of community organizations is making high quality free summer programming available in West Willow, Sugarbrook (Harris Road) and the Macarthur Blvd area. Camps are filling up quickly so apply soon! Flyers are available below and registration paperwork can be found here.

Where to get food??? 
MLive has compiled a list of places offering food throughout the summer: Summer food list


UPCOMING EVENTS
The 1st Annual Ypsi Youth Queer Prom is coming, June 23rd! Youth Ages 14-20 are welcome to attend. In addition Corner Health has prom attire available in their store, for more information check out the facebook invite
 

Community Resource Fair for Youth in Transition!

The Education Project Updates

School is out for the summer, but the Education Project is still here! Our office is still open and will continue to provide support to students, families and schools throughout the summer!
As of July 1st, any referrals received will reflect the 2017-2018 school year.*
The referral is intended to be filled out by school staff or community partners with the students or families in need of support. Once a referral is completed, the information should be shared with the Education Project staff as well as the Local Liaison. 
Click here to obtain a copy:

As of December 10th, Foster Youth are no longer considered McKinney-Vento. Youth in foster care or awaiting foster care may have a separate Liaison in the district or continue to work with the MV liaison. The Liaison, in conjuction with DHHS, a case worker and other community partners work together to provide support in school and out. The Education Project and the WISD will continue to offer basic supports to youth and help facilitate communication between the schools, families and case workers.  Please check in with your district or school liason if you have any questions.

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The Education Project, sometimes known as the Education Project for Homeless Youth, is designed to ensure that students experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations enroll, regularly attend, and succeed in school.  Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students who are homeless must have equal access to free and appropriate public education

The Education Project works closely with Liaisons in the school districts, Allies within each school, community partners, and families to identify and serve all youth affected by homelessness. 
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Education Project

Who is Homeless?
Homelessness does not always look like a family living in a car or on the street; it exists in many different versions. The primary criteria we consider are: Is their housing Fixed? Is it Regular? And is it Adequate?

Fixed: Is it permanent or not subject to change? For example, is the person staying somewhere that they have a right to live? Are they not on the lease? Could they be asked to leave?
Regular: Are they staying the same place every night? Do they have to switch locations frequently?
Adequate: Is the residence sufficient? Do youth staying in the home have a bed to sleep in? Are there health risks and unsanitary conditions in the home? Does it meet the physical and psychological needs of a child?
 
Although we all hope that homelessness is very temporary, it can be a perpetual experience for many families and unaccompanied youth. It is important to ask these questions and understand each family and youth's situation.
 
How can I access the Education Project?
The education project is housed in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. The website is http://www.washtenawisd.org/services/k-12-student-services.  Here you can find information about who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services, what services are offered and additional links and supports around youth homelessness and education.
 
How can I help?
The Education Project relies on a combination of grant support from the state and donations from members of the community. Many of the items provided to families, like toiletries and school supplies, are supplied through donations. This allows the Education Project the ability to fund other school related expenses like field trips, sports/activities, tutoring services and temporary transportation for students. Additionally, the program is always looking for volunteers to help pack up supplies for youth as well as deliver supports to schools within the districts. By having a team of volunteers ready to disperse supplies, EPHY will serve families more effectively. Click here to learn about ways you can help:   The Education Project Volunteer Flyer
 
The Education Project office is staffed regularly Monday - Thursday from 9am - 3:30pm. 

Any questions regarding a young person's McKinney-Vento status and the supports available can be direct to ephycontact@washtenawisd.org, or by phone at (734) 994-8100 x1518.

If you know a youth or family who could benefit from Ozone House services,
please have them call our 24-hour Crisis Line:

734.662.2222

There is always somebody here to listen. 
 
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We provide educational presentations to middle and high school classrooms or assemblies, as well as organizations throughout Washtenaw County.
     
To order free printed education materials, or to schedule a presentation, 
contact Dawn Espy at 
call (734) 994-8100 x1518

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