Building Creative Student Leaders

As part of our commitment to community engagement, Hearing the Homeless provides Educational Outreach opportunities for local schools and children’s programs. This unique and innovative programming provides a layered experience in creativity, community service, awareness, and social and emotional learning. Through the use of video and discussion we take an introspective look at what exactly Hearing the Homeless offers as a service to participants and the community. Using the base concepts of connection, support and giving, students are invited to reflect, become involved in program development as student ambassadors, or to create art which is donated to HTH and used as central currency to support our HTH Reps.

One of the most unique aspects of our Educational Outreach is the ability to customize. We are able to partner with schools to support students need for service hours as well as seamlessly blend our curriculum into already established school programming. Each art-based intervention focuses on a specific topic. These topics are chosen in collaboration with each school to provide the most enriching experience for the students. Topics can include, empathy, compassion, generosity, social justice, and so many others. Our main goal is for the students to take away from the experience a deeper understanding of their individual emotional self and the knowledge that they can make a difference within their community.

Innovative Programming & Powerful lessons


Art Based Outreach- Dual Option

Hearing the Homeless offers two options for art-based educational outreach opportunities. The first is a one-day two-hour intensive. This experience focuses primarily on who we are and what we do. This can be geared towards older students to introduce the program as an option for volunteer service hours. The one-day option can be geared towards younger students easily when paired with a theme or topic in a particular class. We are skilled at partnering with teachers to provide supportive supplemental educational experiences designed to enhance lesson plans.

The second option is a curriculum based 8 hour program. This experience spans the course of 4 weeks. An outreach instructor from Hearing the Homeless meets with the students once a week for 4 weeks. Each session is two hours long. This experience includes the basic program and then dives deeper. In the 8 hour program, students not only learn about Hearing the Homeless but they also receive instruction in art. This might include design, painting, drawing multi-media or digital art. Through the combined efforts of art education and social emotional learning the students experience how art making can enhance their own lives and through the selfless act of giving, art can also enrich the lives of others. The 8 hour program is rich with developmentally appropriate discussion. Utilizing techniques based in current neuroscience research and mindfulness, specifically designed to address the complex inner emotional self, students are encouraged to think deeper about how they can impact the world around them, feel better about who they are and uncover a stronger connection to their own personal wellness.

If your school would like to get involved contact Community Engagement Director Sue McCoy at

“Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.”
— Kofi Annan