Poway Unified School District

Alternative Programs

13626 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, CA 92064

Youth In Transition (YIT) Program

April Egaran, YIT Coordinator
858-748-0010 x 2039

Information for Parents and School-Aged Youth

A family qualifies for Youth in Transition if a family or student lives in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter
  • In a car
  • In a hotel/motel-not paid for by any type of insurance
  • On the Street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, campsite, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives because affordable housing cannot be found - and that doubled up situation puts the family or students sleeping in some type of temporary situation/location.

If a family meets the above criteria, please complete the following steps:

  1. COMPLETE THE NECESSARY FORMS (Will not qualify for services without the below supporting documentation):


Additional forms, after program approval and contract signed: 

  1. Turn in the completed forms to the school site.  The school site will fax your completed forms  to (858) 679-2630.  If you need help with the forms, please contact the school site for assistance.


School-Aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.  Those rights are:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.  Must be given access to the same public education provided to other children.
  • Continue in the school attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended, if that is the choice and is feasible.  If a school sends a child to a school other than the one requested, the school must provide a written explanation and offer the right to appeal the decision.
  • Receive transportation assistance to the school attended before the family became homeless, if feasible, and a parent/guardian requests such assistance.
  • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless.  (Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.)
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school and family seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling the children.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.

If further assistance is needed, call the numbers listed below:


Poway Unified School District contact:  April Egaran (858) 748-0010, ext 2039

State Coordinator:  Leanne Wheeler (916) 657-2871

National Center for Homeless Education free help line:  1-800-308-2145


Download Youth in Transition brochure

Download Spanish Youth in Transition brochure

Download Youth in Transition Handbook (167kb)

FACULTY & STAFF:  Download the Procedure:  Youth in Transition procedure


Alternative Programs Staff Directory

Kathleen Porter, Executive Director

Patty Hurtt, Assistant Principal

Fax 858-679-2630
Administrative Assistant
858 - 748 - 0010, Ext. 2063

Help support Alternative Programs & New Directions with our

School Fundraiser - Cell Phone Recycling and Ink Jet Cartridge Fundraiser.




The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identification, mental or physical disability. All course offerings, student clubs, and extracurricular activities are open to all students. For more information, please contact Tracy Hogarth, Associate Superintendent, Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406. Annual Notification of Rights | Annual Notification Employee Rights

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