Some OSY are conflicted about continuing their education.
Many do not want to return to school for various
reasons and feel restrained by their daily life and basic survival needs. These OSY
are primarily focused on the work before them
since many find themselves as the primary provider for themselves or their families. Even though there may be barriers to OSY
who are here-to-work attaining a formal education, they do desire the opportunities and resources to more actively engage in
the community and improve their futures.
The MEP must identify and provide services for OSY just as they do for any other migratory child.
the needs of the OSY
are identified then the MEP
can coordinate or provide supplemental services to meet the identified
needs. Some of the potential services could be:
Coordinate with other entities for basic needs.
- food banks
- SNAP food benefits
- weekend food services
- closets through faith-based ministries
- second-hand stores when culling inventory
- clothing donations
- MET provides long-sleeve work shirts
- Salvation army-provides emergency shelter, furniture or household items that may be needed
- free clinics, education on hydration, sunscreen, heat stroke
- resources for prenatal care, immunizations, dental and vision screenings
- migrant health centers
- Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
- Motivation, Education, & Training, Inc. (MET, Inc.)
- Provide transportation or coordinate transportation services to access basic needs resources.
Provide access to learn English for everyday life. iSOSY offers
OSY Interactive ELL Lessons
specifically for this purpose.
- Provide information on job opportunities available in the community.
- Provide a supportive relationship so the OSY feels comfortable to reach out to MEP for resources.
- Advocate to ensure the OSY’s needs are met and that resources are attained.