March 12 2019
StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley
Kristin has a heart of gold volunteering diligently with StandUp For Kids, determined to make a difference in the life of homeless youth. She’s a constant face at our Outreach Center, The Village, bringing positive energy, smiles and hope to the 100 kids we see each week.
Kristin understands the issues they face and decided to become a mentor to one of our youth who struggles with addiction. She believes in this young man and is dedicated to showing him a caring hand that isn’t going away. Kristin meets with him regularly which goes to show she is in it for the long run. In her meetings, Kristin builds trust so that this young man will soon ...Read More
May 14 2018
The last two weekends in April ended up to be quite busy for StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley. This year we used the annual "48 Hours Event" to make improvements and renovations to our Outreach Center, The Village. With the endless help and support of "Beautiful Day" (volunteers of West Gate Church), every room got turned upside down with makeovers and updates. The kids came in and loved the organized, bright & 'uncluttered' rooms. Thank you for your hard work, Beautiful Day!
This week SUFK - Silicon Valley was honored that Casa di Mir Montessori School picked us as their charity recipient. Our Executive Director, Michele Huntzinger, went to the school and loved the Q&A with ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...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