May 2020
Congratulations to all of the students who are graduating this May! We commend your hard work and wish you the best in your future endeavors.

In this edition of the After8 Update: Learn about local students who are finding creative ways to give back, a senior who is heading toward college after experiencing homelessness, and more.
Mental Health Among Homeless Students
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and access to mental health support is critical for students experiencing homelessness. The trauma of even short term homelessness can have a major effect on a youth's future development, and support beyond just housing is necessary to ensure a sustainable exit from homelessness and a path toward a successful future. Learn more.
The Realities Homeless Youth Face During Coronavirus Shutdowns
When ordered to stay home for work and school, what are the experiences and needs of young people who lack the stability and resources to shelter in place? We've rounded up a collection of stories and perspectives from across the country that shed light on the unique experiences of homeless youth during a global pandemic.
Local Students Mobilize Book Drive
Students from The Hockaday School haven't let social distancing restrictions keep them from doing good in Dallas. This month, students organized a book drive to help fill the shelves at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center's library. Thank you to the students who contributed novels, textbooks, and college preparation materials for youth experiencing homelessness!
Announcing Significant Local Gifts
The Carl & Florence King Foundation and Diana & Todd Maclin Family have contributed funds toward After8's efforts to support Dallas-area students experiencing homelessness. These contributions bring us closer to opening the doors at the residential services wing at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center. We appreciate both the Carl & Florence King Foundation and Diana & Todd Maclin Family for their commitment to improving the lives of homeless youth!
Dallas ISD Senior Graduates, Headed to College After Experiencing Homelessness
A student who has experienced homelessness is graduating from Bryan Adams High School at the top of her class this May. In a recent interview , Angelina Solis explained that her background does not determine her ability to be successful. We believe that with access to support, every student has the potential to thrive. Congratulations, Angelina!
Judge Clay Jenkins Continues Moratorium on Evictions in Dallas
As many families are struggling due to the crisis, many are on the edge of facing evictions that could lead to homelessness. On May 21, Judge Clay Jenkins ordered a postponement on eviction court dates until June 15, ensuring that no one would be evicted prior to that date. He said "the city can't afford more homelessness because of the COVID-19 virus."
After8toEducate ("After8") is a first-of-its-kind, collaborative effort to support unsheltered youth enrolled in Dallas Independent School District high schools and provide immediate support services for homeless young adults ages 14-21. Powered through Social Venture Partners Dallas, After8 harnesses the strengths of Dallas ISD and nonprofit agencies Promise House and CitySquare.