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. ...Read More
October 22 2017
It's true! We have so much love for people who work in the public sector and choose to go even further by donating to StandUp For Kids.
We are honored to be part of the Combined Federal Campaign, a federal employee and retiree 'workplace giving' program that prioritizes employee choice, convenience through payroll deduction, and accountability in only the most repuptable of charitable causes.
After many years, we continue to be an approved CFC charity. Our participation is managed through America's Charities, which blogged about us recently. We have recognition from several U.S. Presidential administrations. And what's ...Read More
October 16 2017
Volunteers, staff, youth representatives, and board members from all across the U.S. gathered in Tucson for our national conference October 6-8, 2017. The conference theme was "Raising A.R.I.Z.O.N.A." for Awareness, Respect, Inspiration, Zero Stigma, Ongoing Support, National Concern, and Attention to the Plight of our Youth. The Tucson program hosted the conference. With input from the Executive Director Advisory Council, the conference featured some tremendous sessions, not only to share best practices and do hands-on outreach, but also to focus on raising leadership capacities and technical skills to meet the complex mental health needs of our youth.
An annual tradition at our ...Read More
September 24 2017
Congratulations to Michele Huntzinger, Executive Director of StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley, for winning the San Francisco Giants’ Isabelle Lemon Community Spirit Award!
"It was a big week for Michele Huntzinger. The San Jose resident and executive director of StandUp for Kids-Silicon Valley was honored as the winner of the San Francisco Giants’ Isabelle Lemon Community Spirit Award on Tuesday during a pre-game ceremony at AT&T Park. The award recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies the commitment to community service and “can-do” spirit of Lemon, a Giants Community Fund board member and former promotions manager for ...Read More
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