Blog - Hampton Roads

Our National Conference is Less Than a Month Away!

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! Details: Agenda and registration: Find this info at Registration closes September 10. Conference location: The American Hotel, located in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The $149/night room block must be booked by September ...

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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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Check Out Hampton Roads in The Virginian-Pilot

December 12 2017

"A year ago, the 20-year-old single mother didn’t have a job and was living with her boyfriend. "When she needed a double stroller and car seats for her 3-year-old and newborn, she wasn’t sure where to turn. "Enter Betsy Hardy, who organized a gift drive for the nonprofit StandUp For Kids last year. Her hook? A human-sized nest where people could pluck a tag with a name on it and drop off gifts and stockings. More than 50 homeless and at-risk children and young adults received presents through the drive – including Totianna, who got what she needed for her children. She asked that her last name not be published. "Hardy is at it again this year with a big, cardboard ...

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Check us out on Cox Connections!

February 27 2017  

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Young Man Earns GED Thanks to StandUp For Kids - Hampton Roads

February 27 2017

At age 14 Blaise was homeless after dropping out of the ninth grade due to circumstances at home. At age 17 he was addicted to drugs and in jail in Syracuse, NY. After his release last October, his brother brought him to Virginia for a second chance at life. Blaise had trouble staying clean and ended up back on the streets. A talented singer-songwriter, he made money playing guitar for strangers at the oceanfront of Virginia Beach. Exhausted and weary, a friend brought him to the Crow's Nest, a drop-in center run by the Hampton Roads chapter of StandUp For Kids. Outreach counselor (and current Executive Director) Mark Stevens told Blaise he would be there for him when he was ready to make ...

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Vanguard Championship Wrestling Stands Up For Kids

February 27 2017

Local professional wrestlers are trying to defeat a tough opponent -- the factors that contribute to children being homeless. "Words can't express the way I feel right now for these kids," said wrestler Markie D. For one special night, Vanguard Championship Wrestling went to the mat for organizations like Hotel Kids and StandUp For Kids. Everyday, workers and volunteers wrestle with what it takes to provide temporary shelter to keep children out of the cold. They also give them supplies like toiletries and personal coaching to help homeless families and homeless teenagers get strong mentally and get back on their feet. The VCW wrestlers were trying to provide a night of free fun and ...

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