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Parkview Teen Finds Solace In School Involvement Following Parents’ Deaths

February 12 2019

StandUp for Kids - Atlanta Parkview High School senior Kaustov Chakrabarti is wise beyond his years. At 18 years old, he’s thinking not hours and days ahead, but rather in terms of years. A typical day for the Lilburn resident starts well before the 7:17 a.m. warning bell for first period at Parkview High School and lasts long after the final whistle of football practice for the Panthers. “I wanted to separate myself from other students and help myself become more successful,” Chakrabarti said. “Not just in school but in life and my relationships.” It is an internal force and drive that keeps him on track after life events almost derailed him. During the ...

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How StandUp For Kids Is Helping Gainesville High Students

February 12 2019

StandUp for Kids - Atlanta Daisy Zendejas, an 18-year-old senior at Gainesville High School, found StandUp for Kids at the right time. Or, perhaps, the mentoring program found her. Either way, it came when she needed it the most. “I’m really happy I got chosen for this,” she said. Zendejas has had to grow up fast. Her mother passed away while in high school, just before Zendejas became a mother herself to a boy.    But Zendejas isn’t jaded or overwhelmed. It shows in her steady demeanor and positive spirit. “She has the maturity of a 20-something-year-old,” said Sue Levine, Zendejas’ mentor. “A lot of hard times … ...

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Atlanta Youth Count Starting Soon!

August 20 2018

This Fall, students, advocates, service providers, and researchers from across metro Atlanta will come together to count and assess the state of sexually trafficked homeless youth in the area.The goals are to:  1) provide metro-Atlanta service providers, policymakers, and youth advocates practical information on the size, nature, and needs of the homeless; 2) collect information that can be used to develop and refine policies, programs, and interventions to help these youth in our community; and 3) encourage a community-wide dialogue about the needs and social determinants of youth homeless.StandUp For Kids is proud to be a part of this information collection project in ...

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We're hiring in our National Office

July 12 2018

 Are you interested in working at the StandUp For Kids National Office in Decatur, Georgia? Join our small but mighty team that is led by our mission to end the cycle of youth homelessness, one youth at a time. We are currently hiring for two positions, a full-time development coordinator and a part-time accounting clerk. Positions filled as of 9/17/18. No new applications are being accepted. Thank you for your interest. Development Coordinator Will report to the Board Fundraising Committee with functional supervision from the national finance director. This newly created position is a full-time position. Work will be performed in our Decatur office, with occasional local travel for ...

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Look What We Did Together in 2017

January 25 2018

A year of highlights from Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair   Your support and involvement in our mission has helped make 2017 a standout year for StandUp For Kids. Our central responsibility is to our nation’s young people faced with homelessness, whether temporary or longer term. No matter the circumstances that got them there. No matter the work that needs to be done to help them transition them into safe, stable chapters of their lives. We are deeply humbled by this responsibility, and held fiercely to it through the political tumult of 2017. When some of our youth felt unwelcome, we stood taller to welcome them. In 2017, we worked with over 2,200 youth for the first ...

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StandUp Volunteer Spotlight

January 19 2018

Carmen ByronStandUp For Kids - Atlanta What motivated you to take action and get more involved with the Street Outreach and School Mentoring programs in Atlanta? I've always had a passion for helping others. Kids especially. Throughout college, my working on the weekends and class during the week made for that purpose a little harder to achieve. But since I've graduated, I've been kicking things into high gear trying to make a difference in every way I can. I just feel that if you're able to do something, you should do it. Identify the most valuable lesson or experience that has changed your perspective about youth homelessness while volunteering for StandUp. The most valuable lesson ...

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