Y.A.S. CONNECTION

January 2022

Y.A.S. (You Are Seen) Connection is a Project Connect newsletter for students and families who do not have stable housing

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COVID Home Tests | USPS

The Postal Service is delivering one shipment of 4 COVID tests per residential address. Enter your name, address and email at www.usps.com/covidtest to request a shipment.

Happy New Year from CCS and Project Connect!!!

CLICK ------>: Information / Calendars

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Authorized under Federal law through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, the Columbus City Schools’ Project Connect Program, Project Connect provides services to ensure that identified children and youth experiencing homelessness, including those living with others or in hotels/motels due to economic hardship or emergency, have access to a free and appropriate public education by removing barriers due to homelessness. As advocates for educational rights, there are various services the program provides to assist families in transition.

How can the Project Connect Program help?

Project Connect works with students, parents, Columbus City Schools (CCS) employees, partner agencies, and other local school districts to provide assistance with:

  • school selection and enrollment
  • school transportation
  • wellness checks and on-going social and emotional support
  • book bags and school supplies for students
  • assistance with high school graduation fees and expenses
  • addressing barriers that affect school attendance and full participation
  • obtaining necessary documents such as birth certificates, school records, and medical records
  • dispute resolution regarding school choice and enrollment

Who may qualify for the Project Connect Program?

The term “children and youth experiencing homelessness” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence. It includes those who are:

  • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of home, economic hardship, or similar reason
  • living in motels or hotels
  • staying in trailer parks or campgrounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • abandoned in hospitals
  • living on their own, such as youth who have run away or have been put out of their home

Project Connect Contact Information

  • Parents and students may call the Project Connect Office at 614-365-5140

Project Connect Announcements

SHOES...SHOES...SHOES

Do you know of a student in need of shoes? Project Connect has shoes for students being served by the program. Shoe sizes and styles are limited. Please reach out to a Regional Advocate or call the Project Connect Office at 614-365-5140 for questions and qualifications.


WE WANT TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOU!

Please make sure to speak with your student(s) school when your student will be absent. This is important for many reasons, including to prevent an unnecessary withdrawal from the District.

  • School districts are required to keep an attendance record for each student.
  • When a student does not attend school regularly AND the district loses all contact with the student and family for a period of time, the district begins a process to try to locate the student.
  • There are specific steps the district takes to try to re-engage a student in school.
  • However, if the district is not able to make contact with the student or family, the district will withdraw the student. We want to prevent that.


Please help us, help you stay successful in school.

*CCS LOTTERY APPLICATION*

Link for lottery applications –> https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/1184

This month is for MS & HS students, next month ES can begin submitting applications.


  • High School & Middle School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Monday, February 28, 2022.
    • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022.
    • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.

  • Elementary School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Tuesday, February 1, 2022 through Thursday, March 31, 2022.
    • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022.
    • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.

*Important Updates | Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year*

CLICK ----->: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/8047


Online Registration can be completed for the 2022-2023 school year beginning on December 21, 2021, with appointments scheduled beginning:
  • Middle School and High School enrollment appointments for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on January 3, 2022.
  • Elementary School (K-5) enrollment appointments will begin on February 1, 2022.
  • Pre-K enrollment appointments for the 2022-2023 school year can be scheduled beginning February 1, 2022 with an appointment date no sooner than April 4, 2022.

  • School Choice Dates for 2022-2023 School Year

    • High School & Middle School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Monday, February 28, 2022. The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022. New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.
    • Elementary School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Tuesday, February 1, 2022 through Thursday, March 31, 2022. The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022. New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.
    • Selective Admissions: Applications available to eligible students Monday, January 10, 2022 with a submission deadline of Monday, January 31, 2022. Applications must be submitted via the Parent Portal.
    • Request to Return to Homeschool Application: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
    • Reservations: Accepted via the Parent Portal for eligible students from Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Monday, January 31, 2022.
    • ROTC: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5 through Monday, February 21, 2022.

    Learn about each of the schools at the Virtual School Choice Fairs

    There will be video presentations that give an overview of each school uploaded to the website in early-January to view prior to the Fairs. There will also be video conferencing links available. During the scheduled times for the Fair, families can click on the link and chat live with the principal and/or school staff.

    High School Fair - January 13, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Middle School Fair - January 13, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Elementary School Fair - February 3, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Project Connect Staff Spotlight

Amy Bradley, Project Connect Youth Academic Advocate - Region #4


Hello Y.A.S. Readers!


Amy Bradley started her 20+ year career in education teaching with Upward Bound in Athens, OH, and was a Language Arts teacher for the following 10 years. Since then she has been working with youth and families who are experiencing homelessness through Columbus City Schools and national non-profits, with a focus on working with high school seniors and college students, when in the non-profit sector, as they transition out of K-12 and into adult life. She is currently the region 4 advocate for Project Connect and partners with CHOICES, the local domestic violence shelter to serve families residing there.


In her free time, she loves to read, write, travel, hike and bake vegan goodies with her two kids, husband and fur babies. She has a passion for helping animals of all kinds and works with wonderful charities in Central Ohio that rescue and provide forever homes to all animals, from dogs to goats to frogs to butterflies.


Her views on education are summed up by these inspiring words from a woman who shines like no other: “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai


Amy Bradley

Pronouns: She/her(s)

Youth Academic Advocate, Region 4

Project Connect site: https://www.ccsoh.us/domain/4177

Project Connect Office #: 614-365-5140

Department of Student Services

Columbus City Schools

Abradley1@columbus.k12.oh.us

380-997-7397


Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness

THANK YOU!

Project Connect would like to thank the agencies, organizations and individuals who helped put smiles on families/students faces this holiday season.

Columbus City Schools Updates

Point and Time Count on January 27, 2022

Would you be interested in volunteering for the Point-in-Time Count for 2022? Please see the flyer below from the Community Shelter Board. The annual Point-in-Time Count is an important snapshot of homelessness in Columbus.


Volunteers go out across the city and county on one day - January 27th - to find and count people who are homeless, especially those who are unsheltered. The results have an effect on federal funding for Columbus and Franklin County for homeless programs and services.


This is the link if you want to sign up:


Volunteer Registration for 2022 Point-in-Time Count (google.com)


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BOBS Project Help Clothing Ministry (PHCM)

Bethlehem on Broad Street (BOBs) Project Help Clothing Ministry (PHCM), a ministry dedicated to helping families in need with donated items of clothes, food, toys and books. PCHM partner's with HandsOn Central Ohio (formerly FirstLink).


https://www.bethlehemonbroadstreet.org/Project-Help.html


The following items are always needed and are accepted year-round in order to assist families in crisis:

  • Clean Usable Apparel
  • Adult Clothing
  • Clothing for Children
  • Items for Teens and Pre-Teens
  • Mittens-Hats-Scarves
  • Books for Children
  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Personal Toiletries
  • School Supplies
  • Gently Used Toys


Monetary donations are always welcome and can be made at:

Huntington National Bank ● 3350 Indianola Ave ● Columbus, OH 43214

To arrange delivery of your donation or to volunteer your time contact:

Sandra Holley

syholley@att.net or dlocklear0710@aol.com

(614) 425-5830 or (614) 475-9615

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Columbus Coalition for the Homeless Street Card

A vital resource to inform people about the resources and services in our community. CLICK here to view the Street Card.

Dogs for a Cause Fundraiser

Thanks to Dirty Frank's for making the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless a beneficiary of this charity event. Hope you can help the Coalition and get a Wiener Box with your favorite hot dogs, including veggie dogs and regular old dogs, too!

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Free and Cheap Winter Fun in Columbus

There’s so much to do in Columbus when the weather is nice, but the winter months offer lots of fun too! There’s still so much to do in the winter in Columbus, and plenty of it is free and cheap. CLICK here for more details.

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The Open Shelter NEW building is now OPEN!

The Open Shelter, http://theopenshelter.org/ is open and ready to serve!

The new address is 1037 Parsons Ave., Columbus OH 43206.


A new building, new address & new chapter in the nearly 40 year history of our agency. But the mission remains the same. “Staying Behind With Those Left Behind”.
We are still a “covered piece of the sidewalk” for the most vulnerable in our community.


Services:


DAY SHELTER & ADVOCACY CENTER

1037 Parsons Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43206

Scheduled Appointment Hours:

9 AM – 2 PM, Monday – Friday

Staff is available for scheduled appointments for housing applications, social security applications/appeals, payeeship negotiations, case management interventions, donation drop-offs, etc.

Open Hours:

10 AM – 2 PM, Monday – Friday

Open to everyone

Sack Lunches (as available):

Lunches are offered starting at 10 AM

Do you need a Legal Mailing Address?

With staff permission, our address (61 E. Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215) may be used as a Legal Mailing Address.

Do you need to make a local telephone call or send a fax?

Local telephone calls and faxes may be made during open hours, with staff assistance.

Personal Hygiene Bags (as available):

Personal Hygiene Bags are offered on the 1st Wednesday of even numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December).

On-Site Specialists:

Schedule an appointment with one of our On-Site Specialists for help with Social Security, Housing, Healthcare, etc. when available.

For new persons living “on the streets:

An introduction to all services and orientation will be given on the first visit.

For persons living “on the streets,” “camping,” in cars or “abandoned” buildings:

• Clothing (as available) is offered on Tuesday.

• “To-go” Meals (as available) are offered on Tuesday or Thursday.

• “Camper’s Closet” for survival supplies (as available) are offered when meeting with our Day Services Director.

• Assistance in securing Shelter/Housing/Treatment (by appointment).

• Health issues, such as wet clothes, will be addressed when presented.

For persons utilizing our Social Security Payeeship Program:

• Initial interview (by appointment with Deputy Director of Day Services).

• Budget and process negotiation interview (by appointment).

• 2 business day turn-around for special requests not in budget plan.

• Access to all services for guests on person’s first “Check Day” for the week.

• Appointments with payee

For new persons from shelter or treatment programs:

An introduction to all services and orientation will be given on the first visit.

For persons in shelters or treatment programs:

• A referral from that agency to the open shelter is required, specifying assistance requested (Except for sack lunches).

• Clothing (as available) is offered.

• Advocacy with case managers, program staff, property managers (by appointment).

For persons in independent housing or supportive housing:

• A referral from supportive housing program to the open shelter is required, specifying assistance requested (Except for sack lunches).


Sheli Mathias

Director

The Open Shelter

61 E. Mound St.

Columbus, OH 43215

(614)222-2885

http://www.theopenshelter.org/

Parent Portal Instructional Video

Click HERE to view the video

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Project Connect Website

What is the Project Connect Program? How can the Project Connect Program help? Who may qualify for the Project Connect Program? How do families access Project Connect services through CCS?

Check Out Our Virtual Family Engagement Sessions!

2021-2022 School Year / Virtual Family Engagement Sessions

St. Stephen's Community House

Serves Greater Linden Community in Columbus, OH | Childare | Family Services | Senior Services | Youth Services | Neighborhood Services | Urban Farm

New Life Community Outreach

Breakfast-to-go - served every Sunday morning between 7 and 8 am | Clothing - Open Hours: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mornings & 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Mornings | Health and Wellness Center - every other Sunday Morning 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Coats | Clothing | School Supplies

In need of coats, clothing or other resources this winter, or know someone who is? Click here for a list of free clothing closets, furniture banks and school supplies locations in Franklin County and Columbus Ohio.

CAP4KIDS Resource Hub

One stop shop for community resources & information

HEAP APPLICATION

Ohio’s Energy Assistance Programs can help income eligible Ohioans manage their utility bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and emergency HEAP provide the benefit directly to a customer’s utility bill. CLICK here for more details.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS 211)

LSS 211 Central Ohio, formerly HandsOn Central Ohio, connects people, local resources and service organizations to opportunity.

Contact Us

Project Connect Staff

Important Numbers

Have questions, or school related issues or concerns, refer to the link for contact numbers to address them.