Responding to COVID-19: How You Can Support Older Youth in Pennsylvania Who Are Experiencing Homelessness or Who Have Experience in Foster Care

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This is a resource targeted at those working with young people in Pennsylvania who have experience with homelessness and/or foster care and have had their higher education program disrupted by COVID-19.  This tip sheet provides action steps you can take and resources in Pennsylvania.  This document complements our recently released resource that was geared toward a national audience.  We hope you will use both publications to inform yourself, help individual youth, and advocate for more services and support for young people across the county. 

About the Expert

Jennifer Pokempner is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center. At Juvenile Law Center, her work focuses on improving outcomes and opportunities for older youth in the foster care system through policy and legal advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Kate Burdick focuses on advancing education rights and improving outcomes for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Areas of expertise include school stability, special education issues for court-involved youth, educational decision-making, education for youth in facilities, and credit transfer/educational reentry issues.

Nadia Mozaffar is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center. Her work focuses on advancing educational rights and opportunities for children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, economic justice issues, and protecting the rights of young people in the adult justice system.

Hopkins facilitates Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program: Youth Fostering Change, Juveniles for Justice, and the Youth Speakers Bureau. She also works closely with our attorneys on various policy-focused projects related to foster youth and transition-aged youth.