September 21 2017
"They are here to help with our personal needs, school needs, and to guide us when we have don't have anybody on our side."
September 20 2017
By Maureen McPadden
Here in Denver, Colorado, we do street outreach most Tuesdays year round. We go out and connect with youth, catch up, and provide needed gear and supplies, shoulders to lean on, and hearts to listen. We provide healthy, 3-4 course dinners every single Sunday of every week, rain, snow, or shine. We are 100%-street based, so we go wherever youth are, with no inside facility or gathering place and no "Plan B" when it comes to providing our services. Our amazing donors sign up months in advance to provide these meals.
I have been with the Denver program of StandUp For Kids for six years, and executive director for four of those. My daughter, Rheala Melesio, is ...Read More
December 4 2017
This post is being updated regularly since appearing September 6.
"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much" - Marian Wright Edelman
SInce 1990, our work has been about supporting any unaccompanied young person under the stars who experiences homelessness.
We were "low-barrier" before it was a phrase, affirming and celebrating youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities, colors, ancestries, abilities, languages, citizenships, and nationalities. We do not believe any youth is illegal. We do not believe any youth is "the problem."
Practicing radical acceptance, we believe in the potential of every ...Read More
September 1 2017
We have compiled information about our services, impact, and supporters for the 2016 fiscal year, and assembled it into our 2016 Annual Report. We hope you'll check it out. We could not do the work we do without people like you.
September 4 2017
By Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair
It might sound strange, but I love how many email lists I subscribe to! I find it the best way for me to stay in the know about youth homlessness nationally. Luckily for my colleagues, I don't forward everything I read; however, when I amass a curated collection of the best new links, I send them off to our executive directors across the country. For the first time, I am sharing these links on our blog, too, in the hopes that the information you see will move you, educate you, and inspire you to deepen your involvement.
To our local programs in the news! Atlanta, Chicago, and Oceanside ...Read More
August 24 2017
From Jessica Lizardi, National Board Member 2015-2017
I started volunteering in the StandUp For Kids - Detroit program while I was in graduate school, over ten years ago. I began as a street outreach counselor three nights a week. After a short while, I was asked to "step up" to become a co-executive director, to help to grow and expand the fledgling Detroit program.
I took the baton with no hesitation. The need was too great, the cause too important. In 2008, StandUp For Kids - Detroit went on to develop the first ever foster-care outreach program, and later that year, our proudly chapter received the Program of the Year award. Those years working on the streets ...Read More