October 16 2017
Volunteers, staff, youth representatives, and board members from all across the U.S. gathered in Tucson for our national conference October 6-8, 2017. The conference theme was "Raising A.R.I.Z.O.N.A." for Awareness, Respect, Inspiration, Zero Stigma, Ongoing Support, National Concern, and Attention to the Plight of our Youth. The Tucson program hosted the conference. With input from the Executive Director Advisory Council, the conference featured some tremendous sessions, not only to share best practices and do hands-on outreach, but also to focus on raising leadership capacities and technical skills to meet the complex mental health needs of our youth.
An annual tradition at our ...Read More
September 20 2017
By Maureen McPadden
Here in Denver, Colorado, we do street outreach most Tuesdays year round. We go out and connect with youth, catch up, and provide needed gear and supplies, shoulders to lean on, and hearts to listen. We provide healthy, 3-4 course dinners every single Sunday of every week, rain, snow, or shine. We are 100%-street based, so we go wherever youth are, with no inside facility or gathering place and no "Plan B" when it comes to providing our services. Our amazing donors sign up months in advance to provide these meals.
I have been with the Denver program of StandUp For Kids for six years, and executive director for four of those. My daughter, Rheala Melesio, is ...Read More
February 27 2017
In order to grow our program here in Denver, several things must happen:
The first thing is to find more leaders to sit on our Leadership Team, to help build the program, set it on the right course, and insure that we will carry out the mission of StandUp For Kids. Which is basically, at every turn and opportunity, to make a difference in the lives of homeless and street kids and at-risk youth. Aside from the leaders, we can really use some help in stocking our outreach resources. Due to a slowing economy our resources are critically low. We desperately need help to continue our outreach efforts on the streets of Denver. Our immediate needs are: Canned past ...Read More