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.
What StandUp For Kids Does Matters!
(A story from a former street kid)
San Diego Chapter
I remember while in San Diego, after only a few months of living there, I ended up homeless... I didn’t know anyone, the area, and no family in the state who I could turn to. After stumbling upon a couple of shelters, some local street kids from downtown said “hey lets go to StandUp For Kids, they should be open...”.
Because of curiosity, and having nothing else better to do I tagged along. The staff welcomed me with not only open arms, but open hearts; compassion, and a safe place to be....
Through their services I was able to get into housing, even went into labor there with my eldest daughter… among resources to help me find the inner strength to become a better person. Yes there were times I was a pain in their butts, but they never gave up on me...
My prayers go out to not only those on the streets they are still helping, but to the staff of StandUp For Kids, that something happens bless them with the opportunity to find a new location in order to succeed in their “mission”: To show people, like myself and others that there are individuals that care and won’t give up on us.
Thank you staff for everything you have done and will continue to do!!!
Amanda...love you bunchies!
Are You Aware Of Homelessness In Your State?
StandUp For Kids is committed to its mission of ending the cycle of youth homelessness. Now, thanks to two recently released national reports, we have better insight to assess the scope of the situation in areas where we have chapters, and where we need volunteers to start new chapters.
Every January, more than 400 groups of homeless service agencies around the country are required to conduct an annual “Point in Time” (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness. People canvas the area and visiting shelters during a 24-hour period. While the methods generally undercount individuals, and youth in particular, 2013 was the first year that PITs were required to record ages, allowing us to get a baseline by which we can track youth homelessness in 2014 and beyond.
Here is what we learned:
• On a single night in January 2013, 118,000 youth under 25 in the United States were sheltered and 43,000 were without shelter.
• Nearly a quarter of these youth were under 18
• Homeless youth made up 32.7% of the total homeless population.
• Homeless youth under 18 made up 30% of the sheltered population in the US.
• People in families comprised nearly 50 percent of the total sheltered homeless population.
You can read the full report and check the numbers for your state starting on page 48. Some advocates say that the PITs do not tell the full story, so we can also turn to the numbers of homeless youth that are registered in K-12 public schools across the country and collected by the US Department of Education.
StandUp For Kids and AmazonSmile!
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