Blog - Silicon Valley

Homeless, Hungry and Cold in Silicon Valley

November 15 2017

Silicon Valley: Riches all around us. One of the most expensive cities in the US to live in. Over 2500 homeless youth living on our streets.  Can you imagine?  Our Director of Training, Mario Rocha, took on the adventure of being homeless for four days. Here is his story. I decided to do something that I never thought I would experience in my life. I chose to go homeless for four days. No shelter, no food, no liquids. I did this in order to gain a better understanding of what our homeless youth have to endure day in and day out. I wanted to humanize a dehumanized group. It is one thing to have sympathy because I genuinely want to help, but it’s another thing to know what it ...

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Four Award Winners Announced at our 2017 National Conference

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 ...

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A Huge Week for One of Our Executive Directors!

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 ...

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The Struggle is Real!

August 23 2017

Growing up in San Jose wasn’t always easy for Billy. He was born into a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic dad from Guatemala who faced trouble with the law and a mom from Mexico trying to keep a job. His dad was deported in 2010 and the struggles for his family became real. Billy attended high school but with the hardships of his family he became homeless and on the streets away from his mother and younger brother at the age of 18.  With his mom facing her own shelter issues with no family support, Billy didn’t want to be an added burden so he didn’t share the struggles with his mom. Homeless and on the streets with his friend Junior since 2013 -- wondering ...

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StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley Recognized by Assembly Member Ash Kalra

June 14 2017

Sunday June 11th Leadership San Jose held an Open House at our outreach center, The Village, that attracted electeds (thanks Ash Kalra and Raul Peralez) and visitors to check out our mission, learn how they can help, volunteer and make a difference.  We were honored by the recognition we received from assembly member Ash Kalra for our continued efforts in the fight to end youth homelessness.  We are truly grateful for his acknowledgement and kind words for the work we do and our organization.  A community that comes together, supports one another, is a community that will make a difference!

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June Is Pride Month And SUFK Is Here To Support!

June 11 2017

Meet Carl, a youth that comes to our Outreach Center, The Village. "In my opinion The Village is the very definition of human compassion.  When I walk through the door I am greeted with hugs, a warm meal, a chance to clean up, get clothes and wash the ones I have. I know that if I’m struggling I can go to any of the staff who volenteer their hands , ears , eyes and hearts without hesitation so that we may have a chance and they will listen.  Everyone is calm and polite, almost always and when things do get out of hand the staff are quick to sort out whatever the issue is.  When I first arrived there I was immediately asked what my pronouns were and how ...

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