December 18 2018
What was your biggest worry today?
Was it where the money for your next meal was going to come from?
Was it where you were going to sleep tonight?
Was it where you would be able to shower, if at all?
Was it where you would get help?
These are just some of the anxieties, questions and uncertainties America’s 1.8 million homeless youth have to face on a daily basis. Their worries never stop.
Survival is the name of the game for the homeless youth of America who work every day to make it to the next. Filmmaker and director Michael Leoni undertook the project of a lifetime in 2009 when he set out to film a public service announcement about homeless youth in Los Angeles.
What he found ...Read More
December 11 2018
Since its inception in 2009, StandUp For Kids (SUFK) - Chicago has welcomed volunteers from the city to help in its mission: ending the cycle of youth homelessness in the city of Chicago. At the drop-in center, open three nights a week, SUFK - Chicago provides youth a warm meal and safe space, mentorships and much-needed essentials from a community closet donated by inhabitants of the greater Lakeview neighborhood.
A major driving force behind the work SUFK - Chicago is able to accomplish comes from in-kind monetary donations from individuals and companies alike in the Chicagoland area. While many of these donations already arrive on a regular basis, the SUFK - Chicago volunteer base is ...Read More
August 31 2018
The StandUp For Kids National Conference is a highlight of the year, and something you will remember for the rest of your life. It is the biggest effort to bring us together and serve under one big banner. The location of our 2018 conference location will be Atlanta, Georgia, and will run from Friday, September 28 through Sunday September 30. The energy, the excitement, the connections, and the skills are just too important to pass up!
Agenda and registration: Find this info at standupforkids.org/conference. Registration closes September 10.
Conference location: The American Hotel, located in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The $149/night room block must be booked by September ...Read More
August 10 2018
Summer 2018 Newsletter
What’s New in Chicago
Summer 2018 has brought a wave of activity for the Purple People in Lakeview. We experience more and more youth coming to us not just for basic needs like food and clothing, but for much needed moral support to help them survive the challenges they face every day in our city. We continue to see our growing volunteer base develop deep connections with our teens. We meet new donors and partners from across Chicagoland every week, interested in the mission of StandUp For Kids and how they can take part in breaking the cycle of youth homelessness.
In This Issue:
Golf Outing 2018 Meet A ...Read More
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 ...Read More
December 14 2017
Felice (front row, second from left) in her element with some fellow Chicago volunteers and youth participants.
Meet Felice Schlessinger! Since Felice joined the StandUp For Kids - Chicago team just about two years ago, she has poured her heart and soul into our organization and the youth we serve each and every day!
The Chicago team quickly recognized that Felice was an invaluable asset. She rose up the ranks quickly to become our lead volunteer each Monday night at our Outreach Center. After about one year of volunteering, Felice was asked to serve on Chicago’s advisory council. Thankfully she accepted and is now involved and rooted in the Chicago ...Read More