Blog - San Diego

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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Because of You

December 15 2017

Angel is a beautiful 20-year-old with three babies and quite a story – one with a happy ending, we hope, although the journey is just getting started. Angel (not her real name) had a hard beginning. She was molested at 12 by her mother's boyfriend. Shortly after that, she was raped by a 25-year-old family member. Her mother was not available much due to issues with drugs. Not surprisingly, Angel smoked and partied until she was 16. She then slowed down to give birth to the first of three beautiful girls. Shortly thereafter, Angel, the baby, and Angel's mother left their city, and an abusive relationship, to start a new life in Tijuana, Mexico. Angel met and fell in love with the ...

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Cassie's Story, in Her Own Words

October 13 2017

I was about 15 or 16 years old when I first heard about StandUp For Kids.  A few friends I was hanging out with introduced it to me.  I’ve been coming to the StandUp For Kids Outreach Center for almost seven years now and they have helped me since day one.  I wasn’t really doing much when I first started coming to the Center. I had dropped out of high school and was just hanging around. My mother and younger sister were living in a car outside my uncle’s house and I was just wandering around not doing anything. I told StandUp about my situation and they weren’t judgmental and did not make me feel worse. They encouraged me to go back to ...

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48 Hours - San Diego Style

June 9 2017

Why "48 Hours"? The first 48 hours a kid is out on the streets are crucial. They are the most vulnerable, scared, alone and often victims of crime or assault. Our goal with every 48 Hours event is to promote awareness and also help as many kids as we can for 48 consecutive hours. The 48 hour weekend began Friday, April 28, 2017 and ran until Sunday, April 30, 2017. Our goal was to extend operational hours and services and bring more awareness to the community about youth homelessness in San Diego.   We had the opportunity for our street kids to become “kids” with fun excursions to Belmont Park and the giant roller coaster, Camp Land By the Bay (beach side ...

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Coming to StandUp For Kids Feels Like Coming Home

May 31 2017

That’s how it felt when I first met the amazing volunteers and kids at StandUp For Kids my Junior year of college, and that’s how it felt again when I returned this year as a Senior in college leading the new group of 11 New York City college students that I had been a member of the year before. Every Spring Break, Fordham University (through an incredible program called Global Outreach) sends multiple groups of student led teams to different cities, both domestic and international, to enter into new communities and learn about social justice issues facing the people who live there. One of our oldest partnerships is with StandUp For Kids in San Diego, California, and I am ...

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StandUp For Kids National Conference Lifetime Achievement Award

March 2 2017

This past October at the StandUp For Kids National Conference in Irvine, California, StandUp For Kids - San Diego Executive Director Teri Burg was awarded the inaugural StandUp For Kids Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations to you, Teri, and we look forward to many more years of your passion and dedication with StandUp For Kids - San Diego!  StandUp For Kids - San Diego Executive Director Teri Burg and Chairman of the Board Mike Zelnio Award presentation by Mike Zelnio, Chairman of the Board: We’ve moved on to our final award tonight, the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is presented on a periodic basis to anyone who, by their own efforts, has enhanced the reputation and ...

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