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The Buddy System awarded Community Partner
of the Year by the Treasure Island Clubhouse!
Youth of the Year Awards - Treasure Island Boys
& Girls Club
Youth of the Year is an annual event where youth
are recognized for their achievements in the different
departments of the Club (Education, Health &
Fitness, Social Recreation, Teen Services). This
is also a time when we
recognize the other people that have made the
success of the Club possible, such as parents
and community partners.
The Community Partner of the Year award is given
to the person or organization which has had the
biggest impact on the Club that year. The
Buddy System was chosen as the Community Partner
of the Year for the
Treasure Island Clubhouse because of the impact
that the tutors have had on the academics of our
youth. We currently have 8 Buddy System tutors
working with our youth and teens every week, helping
with homework, study skills, and test prep (including
CAHSEE and SAT prep). The Buddy System has helped
us tremendously by providing our youth with the
individual attention that they are unable to receive
in the classroom. We are so grateful for the support
of the Buddy System, and we hope to continue this
partnership for many years to come!
Current California Unified School District
San Francisco Unified School
West Contra Costa Unified
School District Foster Youth Services
San Francisco Unified School District
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In December 2005, the SFUSD Families in Transition
Program (Title 1-PartA funding) contracted with
The Buddy System to provide one-on-one, in-home
tutoring for homeless children living in emergency
and long term shelters.
As expressed in San Francisco's Homeless Education
Plan, educational access and success is a key
strategy to ending homelessness. The SFUSD chose
to partner with The Buddy System because The Buddy
System believes in strengthening the educational
outcomes for homeless children and has the capacity
to provide tutorial services in a very flexible
The transitory nature of families going through
services that can meet the family where they are
at both physically and
academically. The Buddy System provides K-12 tutoring
at the shelter site,
at the family's requested time, and has the capacity
to continue tutorials
as the family moves into permanent housing. The
Buddy System meets the
students where they're at academically by matching
tutors specific to the
student's needs and by providing academic assessments
In the past year, The Buddy System has provided
over 1,000 hours of service for over 100 children.
The Buddy System has joined the SFUSD Families
in Transition Council and continues to shape the
tutoring services for homeless children in San
If you'd like to read more about the homeless
children and youth, go to:
Compass Community Services serves families confronting
poverty and homelessness by supporting their efforts
to achieve stability and realize their individual
San Francisco Homeless Education Plan
Children are the fastest-growing sector of the
homeless population. Of the estimated 15,000 homeless
people in San Francisco County, approximately
4,050 of those are children. This report, coordinated
by A Home Away from Homelessness and sponsored
by the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, provides
a three-year plan to ensure that these homeless
children are connected with available resources
and that they have equal access to academic success.
The goal of the report is to support systems change
in the school district so that the barriers to
academic achievement homeless children are now
experiencing can be eliminated.
Homeless Education Plan.pdf
California Department of Education: McKinney-Vento
A federal, supplemental, competitive grant program
that protects the educational rights of homeless
children and youths.
Association of the Education of Homeless Children
The National Association for the Education of
Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), a national
grassroots membership association, serves as the
voice and the social conscience for the education
of children and youth in homeless situations.
NAEHCY connects educators, parents, advocates,
researchers, and service providers to ensure school
enrollment and attendance, and overall success
for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted
by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing.
NAEHCY accomplishes these goals through advocacy,
partnerships, and education.
Center for Homeless Education
Provides research, resources, and information
enabling communities to address the educational
needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty
Children and youth without permanent homes - those
living in shelters or with another family - often
lack the means to advocate on their own behalf.
NLCHP's Children & Youth Program breaks through
these barriers and equips children's advocates
with the tools needed for educational advancement.
We strengthen legislation that guarantees homeless
students' right to education. We train state and
district education workers. And, we pursue litigation
to protect America's homeless students.
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Foster Youth Services
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In August 2007, the WCCUSD Foster Youth Services
(Title 1-PartA funding) contracted with The Buddy
System to provide educational assessments and
one-on-one, in-home tutoring.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District
(WCCUSD) Foster Youth Services program serves
students in foster care who reside in areas served
by the district. Presently, there are 15 group
homes and 171 identified foster youth who live
in West Contra Costa County. Available data on
foster youth reveals that as a population, foster
youth are failing academically, have poor attendance,
and are not graduating with the skills necessary
to transition into the work world. It is clear
that new directions and strategies must be looked
at to address the challenges that have prevented
our students to succeed and develop into independent,
successful, and productive members of the community.
In light of these challenges, WCCUSD Foster Youth
Services has targeted 30 foster youth who are
transitioning from middle school to high school
to provide them with the necessary support to
ensure that they move through their high school
The objectives of the project are as follows:
Objective One: Impact the educational
achievement of the student as measured by successfully
passing all core classes and progressing to the
next year on target.
Objective Two: Impact social/behavior
indicators which can influence school success
Each student is given an educational assessment
and assigned a tutor to work with them one-on-one
in their home. Most of the tutoring is twice a
week, for an hour each session.
Tutoring is set up usually within 2-3 days of
the request, so each student receives help –