Blog - National

3 Key Homelessness Updates in the U.S. This Week

June 20 2018

By Zack Johnston The Western United States is experiencing some of the worst homelessness in decades, and we don’t seem to be finding a solution anytime soon. But thanks to the recent work of dedicated organizations and some passionate legislators, more and more people will get the help they need to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Homeless job training programs A London-based organization that supplies job training and employment is making its way to the U.S. Change Please is a startup that trains homeless individuals as baristas and employs them at their mobile and permanent coffee shops, according to the Huffington Post. Change Please was recently awarded $350,000 from ...

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Jimmy's Letter to You

May 22 2018

Dear StandUp For Kids supporters, My name is Jimmy. I am 24 years old and have been homeless in Worcester off and on since I was 15 years old – that’s when my dad left us and my mother could not support my younger sister, brother, and I. So, my siblings and I have been fending for ourselves. I have lived in many places unfit for humans –  a semi-trailer, in wooded areas – and in situations that have turned unfriendly, even violent. At age 20, I was surviving by working odd jobs for friends and strangers. Then I met outreach counselors who told me about the StandUp For Kids Outreach Center. At first, I was hesitant to go, but when I did, I was given a warm meal, ...

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StandUp For Kids Kicks Off 28th Annual 48 Hours On The Streets

April 16 2018

Atlanta, GA – For nearly three decades, StandUp For Kids, a national non-profit youth advocacy and outreach organization, has been on the streets and changing lives. Today it announced its 28th annual “48 Hours On The Streets” campaign to elevate community awareness of youth homelessness, and the heightened risks present in the first two days without shelter. In communities across the country, trained volunteers walk the streets, parks, alleys, abandoned buildings and other squatting areas in search of young people experiencing homelessness between the ages of 12 and 24. The campaign begins on Friday, April 27 at 5pm and end on Sunday, April 29 with a goal to raise ...

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Loyal Supporters Make The Denver Program Possible

April 15 2018

Our StandUp For Kids - Denver Chapter is incredibly blessed! Although we have a small amount of volunteers, the number of youth we serve every Sunday is huge! We are 100% street based, meaning we have no drop-in center or inside space of any kind. There is no "Plan B" for Sunday dinners if the weather is not favorable or other issues arise. We always meet our youth where they are, which is outside, without a roof or any place to call home. We try to provide some sense of "home" in the most basic sense by providing a consistent presence, a shoulder to cry on, ears to listen and hearts that love them unconditionally, not to mention nourishing food. A big part of what we do is provide 4 ...

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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. Meet Sarah, a StandUp For Kids Volunteer   It seemed so normal to me that this was my life. At the same time, it was ...

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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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