Learning Support Services

Youth In Transition (YIT) Program

13626 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, CA 92064

Mercedes Hubschmitt, Learning Support Services,  mhubschmitt@powayusd.com

Katie Wu, YIT Coordinator, fwu@powayusd.com
858-748-0010 x 2039

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

  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • 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, or you are an unaccompanied youth, please complete the following steps:

  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:  Katie Wu, Youth In Transition Coordinator, (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 Youth in Transition brochure Spanish

Information for Parents and Youth-Bilingual (for your reference only)




The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com

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