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Help StandUp For Kids raise $7500 on #GivingTuesday

November 27 2017

There's a trifecta of shopping days right after Thanksgiving. First comes Black Friday, then Cyber Monday and then comes a day you might not be as familiar with -- #GivingTuesday! What's #GivingTuesday? It's a national movement! A global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration. As part of #GivingTuesday, StandUp For Kids has set a goal to raise $7,500 to bolster our nationwide outreach and training for next year. $7,500 may not sound like much, but StandUp For Kids can make it go a long way. With just $7,500, we could buy: 365 nights of shelter 300 teens a 14-day bus pass so they can look for work 150 kids five hygiene supplies each 100 ...

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In 3 years, Irene has helped 1200 youth

November 22 2017

Volunteer Spotlight If given the opportunity to help youth experiencing homelessness, how far would you be willing to go? How many hours would you be willing to put in to make sure homeless youth are safe? Meet Irene. She has volunteered with our program in Olympia for three years. Irene travels two hours, three days a week to conduct street outreach with our youth to make sure they feel safe and have their basic needs met. Danny Burkett, Olympia’s Executive Director says, “Irene has been a great asset to the team. When I first became the Executive Director, she was quick to help by taking on many hats. It was a stressful transition for us all,  but she has such a big heart ...

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On #GivingTuesday Help StandUp for Kids and End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness

November 17 2017

No children should ever have to endure youth homelessness.  Here are a few different ways you can support StandUp for Kids this #GivingTuesday! Give $5, Get 5 Friends On #GivingTuesday we will ask a supporter to donate $5 to our cause and then post about the donation to their social media, tag five of their friends, and ask them to match the gift Make Giving Tuesday Happen Every Month #GivingTuesday comes but once a year, but you can make your gift last all year long by choosing to make a recurring donation here: Buy Us a Cup of Coffee How many ...

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Groundbreaking Study: One in Ten Young Adults Experience Homelessness During One Year

November 15 2017

An important press release from our colleagues at Chapin Hall's Voices of Youth Count:   WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2017 – A groundbreaking study released today by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago reveals one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, and at least one in 30 adolescents between the age of 13 and 17 experience some form of homelessness over the course of a year. This study captures youth homelessness broadly, including situations such as sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away, and couch surfing. Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America demonstrates the diverse circumstances of young people who experience ...

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Dezerae's Journey

October 31 2017

Take a journey with Dezerae, who at thirteen years old was living on the streets. She was just trying to survive on her own. Hungry, scared, and always fearing for her life, until she met the volunteers at StandUp For Kids.

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Privileges of the Housed (Part 1)

October 25 2017

Exploring the benefits of not being homeless. How often do you think about the privileges of simply having a roof over your head?  A few years ago, some of our volunteers, trainers, and formerly homeless youth* catalogued those privileges into a list of 42.  Today, we present half that list. They truly are an exploration of the benefits of NOT being homeless. And we use them as part of our training exercises for new volunteers. After volunteers read this list, the mood is generally very somber, while the conversations are often raw. We find that it builds empathy by helping volunteers understand what a youth we work with might have to face on a daily basis. ...

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