Blog - National

Sarah's Story: A Volunteer That's Been There

March 15 2018

I missed school a lot from a young age. When I was in elementary school, I remember missing over a year of school because my family was dealing with a huge tragedy and homelessness. My mom raised me by herself and there was never a stable place for us. She tried her best to stay away from drugs and get whatever money she could so we could eat and have a place to stay whether it would be at her friends or a hotel. I remember us staying at her friend’s house sharing the couch for about a year, living in a cheap hotel and sometimes having to sleep in the car. It seemed so normal to me that this was my life. At the same time, it was something I would never mention. None of my friends ever ...

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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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Michelle's Story: A Life Reset

January 19 2018

Michelle "Beautiful" was in a bad place. Homeless on and off for more than four years, Michelle knew she needed help both emotionally and physically. Then she met the volunteers at StandUp For Kids - Houston."They helped me with the proper nutrition as well as school and employment opportunities," says Michelle. "They gave me the support I needed to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle." Now more than five years later, Michelle has really turned her life around. She's earned her high school diploma and cosmetology license as well as other job permits and skills. Currently, she is employed as a home health care aide while going to school to earn a two-year business management ...

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StandUp Volunteer Spotlight

January 19 2018

Carmen ByronStandUp For Kids - Atlanta What motivated you to take action and get more involved with the Street Outreach and School Mentoring programs in Atlanta? I've always had a passion for helping others. Kids especially. Throughout college, my working on the weekends and class during the week made for that purpose a little harder to achieve. But since I've graduated, I've been kicking things into high gear trying to make a difference in every way I can. I just feel that if you're able to do something, you should do it. Identify the most valuable lesson or experience that has changed your perspective about youth homelessness while volunteering for StandUp. The most valuable lesson ...

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December Roundup of New Resources and Data on Youth Homelessness

December 24 2017

Here are some of the newest and highest-quality resources, data, and professional development opportunities that I've pulled together on youth homelessness from some of the tremendous organizations and thinkers I know. Let me know if you have a resource you'd like me to highlight in my next roundup in 2018. In peace, Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair  Data and Trends  Who's calling the 1-800-Runaway Line? Trends in crisis calls  Tent City USA: What we know about tent encampments across the country Nationwide Point-in-Time Counts, 2017 -- There were an estimated 40,799 unaccompanied youth under the age of 25 on one night! Seems high? Of course - but it is still ...

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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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