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Breaking the cycle of homelessness
and poverty through education
On any given day in Colorado, there are approximately 2,000 high school students experiencing homelessness. Many of these students experiencing adversity have dreams of attending college or vocational school but lack the means to do so. By supporting Hide in Plain Sight you can help give them a hand up and change the course of their lives by giving the gift of education. We are committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty one student at a time.
Today’s Pell Grant covers only 37% of costs for community college and 19% for four-year institutions
18% of community college students and 14% of four-year college students have faced homelessness
40% of students at Denver colleges are food insecure
Homeless and impoverished students
need a hand up, not a hand out
Hide In Plain Sight serves as a springboard to post high school education
for homeless and impoverished students by providing scholarships to reduce
the barriers in order for them to attend college or vocational school. These
scholarships help cover the cost of tuition and of basic need insecurities
including food, housing, transportation and childcare. We partner with businesses,
local schools and community organizations to make possibilities a reality for these students.
92% of HIPS scholars completed their degrees or are currently enrolled in school
$690,000 has been given by HIPS to homeless or impoverished students
HIPS has awarded 238 post high school scholarships to 206 students
Why HIPS works
Breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty begins with each student
Although homeless and impoverished students initially find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, their potential for future successes lies largely in education to allow them to be self-sufficient, confident and hopeful for a bright future.
Students have a vested interest in their future success
Interested students complete an application and in-person interview. Once approved, they are awarded a scholarship based on need, and are encouraged to participate in career related activities, and maintain academic success.
HIPS plays an active role with each student
HIPS team members stay in touch with each student through the course of their schooling until they achieve their degree or certification.
Partnerships with local schools allow for greater success
HIPS is closely aligned with six local community colleges and vocational schools. These partnerships allow us to identify homeless students, and ensure the greatest success based on their unique needs.