Blog - Orange County

Hope With A Voice

September 19 2018

          By Ryan Kincaid In recent years, Orange County’s homelessness problem has been discussed and reviewed often, and the general consensus has been that the homeless population is increasing. However, the method by which these numbers are determined seems rather convoluted yet vague. In an interview conducted by Nick Gerda, a reporter for Voice of OC with Susan Price, Orange County homeless services coordinator, Price mentions how, “The methodology that was used in 2017, ’15 and ’13…was an extrapolation.” The article goes on to mention that the upcoming 2019 count will provide more precise numbers, information regarding ...

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Join us at Eddy V’s Wildfish in Newport Beach on October 25

September 17 2018

Mark your calendars! The next StandUp For Kids - Orange County event is coming up at Thursday, October 25th. From 6-8 pm, you’ll enjoy live music, appetizers and drinks, plus inspiration from our guest speaker. Bring your whole team to network with other local business leaders who care about helping their community. You’ll have the opportunity to mingle with other like-minded people while supporting a very worthy cause that needs your help more than ever. In our recent blog article, we shared how tuition hikes at local colleges has led to more students becoming homeless. At Saddleback College alone last year, 1,100 students were identified as homeless, with about 200 of those ...

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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 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 ...

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Orange County Entrepreneur Program

August 28 2018

Building Future Business Owners While StandUp For Kids is always busy at work doing street outreach, mentoring, and helping to secure housing and employment for our youth, one really impactful and thriving program you may not be aware of is our entrepreneur program. As part of our vision to end the cycle of youth homelessness, preparing at-risk youth for successful careers and self-sufficiency after high school and college is a huge part of what we do. For about 14 weeks, kids in the program come after school and spend 90 minutes learning about how to start their own business. They get a chance to speak with successful business owners, learn the basics involved in becoming an entrepreneur, ...

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The Cost of an Education: Homeless College Students

August 12 2018

It’s the homeless issue we perhaps talk about least. Students.By Zack Johnston What was once a humorous stereotype has become a stark reality for many young people trying to create a positive change for their futures. The starving college student archetype is no laughing matter, as thousands of students across the country struggle with housing and food insecurity. One in ten California State University students experienced some form of homelessness in 2017, according to a study conducted by the university system. While some of us had the financial support of our parents to help us get through college, others are struggling to cover the costs on their own while affording food and a ...

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StandUp For Kids Staff Spotlight

July 16 2018

Meet Our Staff: Denisze Zermeno By: Zack Johnston One of StandUp For Kids' newest staff members in Orange County, California is quickly on her way to becoming one of its most valued. Denisze Zermeno is the site coordinator for the Anaheim mentoring and S.T.E.M. programs. She started that position in June after a four-month mentoring internship in Huntington Beach. Her volunteering experience includes other non-profits and working with elementary and preschool students, but working with StandUp For Kids has offered her something more. When she was first getting started, she worked closely with another StandUp mentor, Brittany, who showed her things like conducting intakes and street ...

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