Program aims to get homeless youth off the streets and onto campus

Organizers hope to connect homeless or low-income youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with educational support.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 7:54 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2020 12:04 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A new program targeted at homeless youth and young adults that have ambitions for post-secondary education was launched at the beginning of the new year and is already drawing attention from students.

The Homeless Youth Pursuing Education program is being offered by a non-profit called CORE Eugene. Organizers hope to connect homeless or low-income youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with educational support. They said this is aimed for students who are on the street, going through the hurdles of getting into and through college. 

"Some people say, 'Well there are college success programs in Eugene. However, a lot of times it stops at getting them a financial aid application, admissions, maybe just a GED," said CORE co-founder Brittiny Raine. "The difference is CORE is going to be with them throughout their entire college career, as much or as little as they want."

Staff with HYPE plan to offer student services like GED navigation, preparing for admissions and applying for scholarships. However, the organization's philosophy prevents them from pushing students towards education. They said they believe in empowering youth to achieve whatever goals they possess. 

"When you give people options and tell them they are worth it or they are good enough or it's possible, they are going to achieve way more than if they don't," said co-founder Dylan Weil. 

Raine said that 2 young adults are already enrolled in the program, and she's received numerous emails asking about how to get involved. 

People who are interested in getting involved can reach CORE at 541core@gmail.com.

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