Blog - Chicago

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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Meet Felice

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 ...

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SUFK - Chicago on WGN!

July 26 2017

Check out WGN's segment on StandUp For Kids - Chicago below, and grab your tickets for Purplepalooza here: Purplepalooza Tickets

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Chicago Math and Science Academy Stands Up For Kids!

March 21 2017

Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) is a college prep charter school located on 7212 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626. It's Concert band has won numerous medals in music competitions both as a band and as individuals. The band has featured in performances at various schools and theatre. They have made it a tradition to unanimously vote on a cause to donate all of the proceeds to. This year, the cause is ending youth homelessness. As such, proceeds from the CMSA Spring Concert being held on May 4, 2017 will be going to StandUp For Kids - Chicago! The band consists of young, passionate, and extremely talented youths who are enthusiastic about partnering with StandUp For Kids - Chicago in an ...

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LeAnn Rimes shot a music video with some of our youth

February 27 2017

LeAnn Rimes shot a video for her song "Give" with a lot of the homeless and street youth that we work with on a daily basis. Check out the video below.

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Words from Abbey Cross, Executive Director

February 27 2017

The work we are doing is just so important. There are over 15,000 homeless youth on the streets of Chicago and only about 100 beds available to them in the youth shelters where they feel safe. The craziest part is that it is almost like an invisible problem. Most Chicago residents don’t even know that this is happening in the very streets. Most times the kids we meet tell us that they are choosing the streets over home because it is a safer, better alternative. It is hard to even imagine how awful home must have been for them to make such a choice. These kids have never had a safe adult to guide them and support them. That’s what StandUp is there for. We do our absolute best to ...

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