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Anna's Story - Orange County

November 27 2018

Anna was born in Mexico and brought to the United States by her parents when she was six-years-old. She has no other home, but is now seeing progress in her efforts toward recovery, helping others, and formalizing her U.S. citizenship. “After my parents brought me, my brother and my sister here, we lived on the low-income side of town. I always did poorly in school, struggling with every subject. I started smoking weed at 12, and shortly after that I started drinking. Both of my parents worked constantly and never noticed. At 16, my drug use progressed, and after trying meth things went downhill fast. My parents kicked me out of the house. “At that point I realized I needed to ...

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Communities Leading By Example

November 9 2018

By Ryan Kincaid As election season has come and gone, we often find ourselves wondering, “What’s next?” In the case of StandUp For Kids, a very important proposition was passed this past Tuesday. Our mission is well documented; we strive to prevent youth homelessness. However, we certainly can’t do it alone. This is why dedicated support systems are imperative to our organization and its mission. In addition to our valued donors, we also often need a little additional help from the state legislature. In last week’s election, California’s Proposition 2 was passed with a heavy majority. Proposition 2 is essentially a continuation of 2016’s Proposition ...

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Meet Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Brian Haslip

October 25 2018

By Vanity Robinson The longevity of volunteers and staff allows StandUp For Kids to serve our youth with incomparable levels of trust in local communities across the country. Few organizations can compare with our track record of longevity. At the 2018 StandUp For Kids Conference, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, we present our most prestigious award to someone who served for a minimum of 15 years and enhances the reputation and prestige of StandUp For Kids through exceptional leadership and service to the organization and the greater community. This award is officially the “Terilyn Burg Lifetime Achievement Award,” so named by the Board after our longest standing volunteer, Ms. Teri ...

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Meet our Programs of the Year!

October 24 2018

By Vanity Robinson At the 2018 StandUp For Kids national conference, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, the awards committee sifted through nominations from executive directors around the country for to present four different awards, including Program of the Year (see recent posts in our blog detailing other awardees) This year, StandUp For Kids honored three of our 18 programs nationwide that particularly excelled through strong volunteer recruitment and engagement, dedicated and stable leadership teams, the development of effective and consistent services to youth, timely correspondence to the national team and general public, and exemplary collaboration with -- or generosity towards -- other ...

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Announcing Our 2018 Guardian of the Year Award Winners

October 23 2018

by Vanity Robinson At the 2018 StandUp For Kids National Conference, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, we proudly presented nine national awards in four different categories.  Read more about the Rookie of the Year winners and stay tuned to our blog for more.The Guardian of the Year award is presented to two individuals, teams, or organizations that have given exemplarily and generously of time, talent and/or financial contribution to ensure the sustainability of the StandUp For Kids mission. The first winner was Rob Lindo of Silicon Valley. Rob Lindo is a volunteer of StandUp For Kids, and General Counsel for Casino M8trix. His nominator writes, “He fights for our cause and worked to ...

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