Will You StandUp For Kids?
The mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States.
We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.
If you are a youth in need of assistance, please contact us on our outreach line at 1-888-365-4543.
Orange County Chapter
Addiction was an all too popular problem growing up in the household of Amanda A.
Amandas' mother suffered from an addiction to meth and her father suffered from alcoholism. The instability of her parents eventually led to her being placed into the foster care system around the age of 13. After a few years of moving in and out of foster homes, Amandas' mother regained custody of her.
Although she was back in the care of her mother, their living situations were still as unstable as ever.
"My family split up in order to find opportunity of housing in other sources, individually," Amanda says.
Throughout the course of time Amanda and her family spent in search of stable housing, her father had passed away and her mother fell back into her addiction. Amanda was left on the streets with no one to depend on except herself.
She spent years moving from couch to couch trying to get back up on her feet. Unable to gain any stability and desperate for a better life, Amanda began reaching out to different organizations for help. She explains that she was turned away by many organizations because she was not a single mother, or battling with an addiction. As her hope was starting to run out Stand Up For Kids offered her the help she needed.
Amanda is currently a full time student at Saddleback College pursing an associate degree in Science and working as a vet assistant. She states that she would not have the success she does without the support of Stand Up For Kids.
Amanda said, "StandUp For Kids had impacted my life immensely, they gave me the support and reassurance I needed to get motivated in life."
StandUp For Kids has helped Amanda get started with school and find a stable job, but most importantly they have been the support she has needed through her most desperate times.
"After years of taking on the world alone I am now overwhelmed with support and care of my mentors," Amanda says.
DC City Council Passes Budget To Support Programs For Homeless Youth
We are excited to announce that the DC City Council provided an additional $1.3 million for local programs supporting homeless youth in its 2014-2015 budget. Based on the Plan for Addressing Youth Homelessness developed by StandUp For Kids - DC Chapter volunteers and other local youth homelessness advocates, funding will support three areas of need:
• Homelessness Prevention: Through family reunification and host-home programs
• Rapid Intervention: Through increased beds in emergency shelters, funding for drop-in centers, and funding to develop coordinated services—so each person’s information can follow them across any organizations they interact with.
• Extensive Program Evaluation: To provide homeless organizations and DC City Council with information on what works
While advocates were hoping for $10 million to support all of the initiatives within the plan, we are excited to have $1.3 million this year and look forward to increased support in the future. We could not have done it without the support of all of our StandUp volunteers who provided testimony during City Council hearings, e-mailed City Council members, and signed petitions to make sure that our Council knew this was an issue of concern to its citizens.
For more information, please feel free to contact DC-Chapter Director of Advocacy, Andrea Lowe at AndreaL@standupforkids.org.
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