Blog - Silicon Valley

Volunteers Making A Difference in Silicon Valley

March 12 2018

Our Outreach Center, The Village, is open 5 days a week, where our volunteers help homeless youth for a couple of hours showing support and lending a caring hand. Mario shares his story of one night making a difference.  “I’m currently helping Luis right now try to obtain his birth certificate. We are running into some issues with it and when speaking with him last night he shared with me that he has been running into all these roadblocks and it is making him want to use again. I validated his feelings of frustration and anger as well as expressed support by saying anyone in a StandUp For Kids shirt is here for him if he needs to talk and that he along with everyone ...

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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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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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