STUDENTS 4 STUDENTS

Shelter for students, run by students.

There are more than 58,000 homeless college students in the country, and we are doing something about it.

 
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Our Story

Students 4 Students is the first shelter in the nation to exclusively serve homeless college students. Founded, managed and staffed by UCLA students under the guidance and support of an experienced Advisory Board and dedicated faculty advisors, S4S meets the basic needs of homeless college students from all area schools, while connecting them with resources to finalize post-shelter housing plans and a path to graduation.

College Homelessness

Our success is defined by the success of our residents. We are committed to helping them overcome overwhelming circumstances, and cross the finish line to their college graduation. These disadvantages can include economic factors, such as a low-income background prior to college entrance, educational factors such as inadequate early education because of frequent school changes, and lack of exposure to academic role models. Our shelter provides the immediate basic needs of food and housing, as well as long-term resources to succeed academically.

 

5%

OF UC STUDENTS ACROSS 10 CAMPUSES

10%

OF CSU STUDENTS ACROSS 23 CAMPUSES

19%

OF LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS

are experiencing homelessness.

 

Our Impact

By engaging local community-based agencies and congregations, we have created a wide network to help our residents thrive while they stay with us, by providing them with food security during the day and helping them transition to stable, permanent housing. To date, we have successfully transitioned over 90% of our residents to their own independent and permanent housing.

our SHELTER offers

We cater to the needs of students, ages 18-24, pursuing a higher education degree. When we open our doors to students in need, we offer them a safe place to sleep for the entire school year, a nutritious breakfast and dinner every day, secure space for their belongings, and monthly transportation stipends to travel between campus and the shelter.

 

TODAY's STUDENTS, TOMORROW'S LEADERS

Students 4 Students is making a difference at the intersection of education and homelessness. We believe that education is the best anti-poverty measure, and our approach creates an unprecedented training ground for the shelter’s student leaders in community service, non-profit management, and philanthropy.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Through a collaborative approach with a volunteer Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Medical Doctor, UCLA social work students and medical students, we provide case management services that connect our residents to a host of local medical, mental health, and social service providers.

 

OPEN-SOURCE MODEL

Our primary aim is to shelter and support college students experiencing homelessness. We also share our model with colleges, universities, student groups, faith organizations and others wishing to replicate our collaborative approach. Our program empowers students who operate our shelter to become the next generation of philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and social justice champions. 

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"Thanks to S4S, I’ve gotten on my feet and I just got accepted into UCLA! Bruins helped me through homelessness, and I’m looking forward to being a Bruin too, paying it forward, and lifting others as I climb."

- Casey, Shelter resident, 2017