Blog - Washington DC

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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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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Interview with StandUp For Kids Chair of National Board, Dr. Eddy Ameen

April 24 2017

Mike Zelnio, Former Board Chair (left) and Eddy Ameen, Board Chair (right) presenting our vision statement at our 2016 National Conference. StandUp For Kids is proud to be a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that helps children and young adults maximize their full potential. Our organization runs on volunteer power, and the amazing impact it makes is often thanks to people like Dr. Eddy Ameen, chair of the National Board.   After spending his childhood in Rhode Island, Ameen first began working with StandUp For Kids ten years ago while earning his doctorate in psychology at the University of Miami. His first experience with the program involved performing street outreaches, ...

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Student Brings Family & Community Together through Food Donations

February 27 2017

At 10 years old -- and just a few days shy of her eleventh birthday -- Sophie Horst already knows the definition of community service. A District of Columbia resident and a student at Sidwell Friends School, Sophie recently put together 50 snack packs (totaling about $300) for the local StandUp For Kids chapter. After hearing about StandUp For Kids - DC through a co-worker at the National Democratic Institute, Sophie's mother, Marjan Ehsassi, thought this might be a good cause for her daughter to learn more about. Sophie took the time to speak with Lindsay Robinson, former Executive Director of the D.C. chapter, and she quickly learned just how serious the problem of youth homelessness is ...

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