Earl Edwards: Students Can Succeed Despite Homelessness

Black Male Institute researcher shares positive findings on personal and community support systems for youth in article for SAGE journal on Urban Education.

“Hidden Success: Learning From the Counternarratives of High School Graduates Impacted by Student Homelessness” has been published in the SAGE journal on “Urban Education,” by Earl Edwards, a graduate student researcher in the Black Male Institute at UCLA and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. 

“The number of youth experiencing homelessness in the United States has nearly doubled over the past decade from 688,000 in 2006 to over 1.3 million as of 2017,” writes Edwards, who experienced homelessness as a high school student. “While graduating high school is a significant barrier for many students experiencing homelessness, many youth are able to successfully graduate despite their unstable living conditions. This qualitative study used the antideficit achievement framework to analyze the counternarratives of eight youth who successfully graduated high school while experiencing homelessness. Findings showed that strong peer relationships, the support from caring teachers, and attending church served as impactful influences that helped youth experiencing homelessness graduate high school.”

To read the full article in SAGE’s journal of Urban Education, visit this link.