The NEST *Nurturing *Empowering *Supporting for *Tomorrow
Over 300 young people, pre-K through 12th grade, are qualified as homeless or living in transition each year by Georgetown ISD. The Georgetown Project opened The NEST day shelter one year ago as an outreach to teens in 9th-12th grade who are homeless or living in transition. The NEST served 50 local high school students in the first year with basic needs and many other supports to help teens stay in school, graduate, and move toward a positive future. NEST stands for *Nurturing *Empowering *Supporting for *Tomorrow.
Location: 2308 Old Airport Road, Georgetown, TX 78626
School Year 2012-2013 Hours:
School hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-8p.m.
(Teens in Residence)
Donation Drop-Off & Tours:
Fridays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Call Keirsten Bumgardner at The NEST, ahead of time to schedule tours, 512-943-0074 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The NEST Flyer
Did You Know?
Over 200 students in GISD each year are qualified as homeless under the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act. Legislation defines the term "homeless" as children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students whose families live in doubled-up situations due to economic hardship, as well as older teens who live in a state of transition without the care of a legal guardian.
School districts are mandated to provide certain services during the school day for students qualified as homeless. But what happens after the bell rings?
Approximately 75 GISD students each year are 9th-12th grade students who meet the definition of homeless. This is the target population for The NEST.
The NEST is a program of The Georgetown Project and is a safe haven after school for teens living in transition with access to an evening meal, snacks, hygiene essentials, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, tutoring, counseling (individual and family), job readiness training, college prep, credit recovery, Drivers Education Online, Enrichment/Summer programming and other support services in a positive environment with caring adults.
The NEST is located in very close proximity to Georgetown High School; however, all 9th-12th grade students, Eagles and Patriots alike, qualified as homeless by GISD, have access to services.
The NEST Goals:
- Provide a safe, nurturing environment of dignity and respect during out of school time that encourages a positive view of the future.
- Provide basic needs and linkages with local resources to stabilize daily life.
- Provide counseling for family reunification if practical and safe.
- Provide support services needed to complete high school and prepare for a self-sustaining and healthy lifestyle.
- Provide opportunities for serving others and for building positive connections with caring adults in the community.
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