Some Things Overheard on the Street:
"Last week was the biggest breakthroughs we had and it took us 2 months to get past the friends stage to the "I can tell you some things that you might not want to hear" and then hold them a little more responsible stage. It is hard to leave the kids every week. I always tell myself maybe that they will be in home next week or maybe in school when I see them next." -Street Outreach Counselor
"What have I learned? These kids just want someone to listen no matter if what they are telling you is true or not. They are craving someone to take an interest, to ask, to see, to look them dead in the eyes, offer a smile and take their hand. They need food and provisions ... I loved the street outreach and I can't wait to go back on Thursday and ask Cassie if she did in-fact register for classes..." - Marci, Street Outreach Counselor
"I have to admit...I wasn't sure our kids would actually want to carve the pumpkins at our last event for them. But it was so great to see how some of them actually got into it! Mostly, it was great to see them all enjoying themselves, just being kids, eating pizza in a safe and supportive environment." - Tom, Executive Director
"At our pumpkin carving event we saw over 50 kids. I am really happy we not only saw many of the kids we have built relationships with, but also met new kids and their friends. It was amazing" - Devin, Street Outreach Counselor
"Tom thanks for supporting us and coming out every week and for letting us do our own thing. You are so good at identifying the needs of the kids AND our needs as counselors and team members!" - Eric, Street Outreach Counselor
Recently a few of our kids came by and we hung out with them for a bit. They took and ate the burritos we offered them, as did another kid who just happened to walk by. I am struck by the fact that the kids we encounter always seem to be so hungry. When we were leaving, one asked if we would be out again the following night. Even though we told him we only come out on Thursdays, he looked at me and said, "It's cool that you all are out here." I guess that we are beginning to make a difference.
Northwestern Dance Marathon Students Offer Reflections on StandUp For Kids
"After working organizationally with StandUp For Kids for the last five months, my Dancer Relations co-chair, Aaron Jacobowitz and I could not have been happier to finally complete training and start street outreach in Chicago. We definitely got to jump in head first by attending a pizza party and pumpkin-carving event that the Chicago chapter organized for the kids. The environment at the "Piehole," the restaurant host of the event, was loud, packed and more fun than either of us had hoped to get out of any Halloween party of the season!
I personally had been a little bit anxious before finally getting out there, because I felt, regardless of how much training I had, what could I really offer to these kids who had already been through so much? But sure enough, from the moment we arrived, we spent the evening in conversation-from topics like apartment placement to how gross the guts of a pumpkin feel as you scoop it out to carve it.
On ride home on the El, we spoke about nothing other than how proud we are that DM has gotten involved with StandUp For Kids this year, and how we couldn't wait to get to know the kids and the other StandUp For Kids volunteers better in the coming weeks."
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, '10
Dancer Relations Co-chair, Dance Marathon, '10
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You are cordially invited to attend a special benefit performance on December 3.
100 Proof Comedy proudly hosts a weekly showcase of some of the best stand up comedy that Chicago has to offer. Taking place every Monday night at Comedy Sportz Theater in Chicago, the show was named â€œBest Stand Up Comedy Venueâ€ by the Chicago Reader in 2012. In addition to the showâ€™s regular cast members and local talent brought in on a weekly basis, 100 Proof often has guests from LA and New York, some of whom work regularly on NBC, Adult Swim, and a number of other networks, movies and shows.
100 Proof Comedy knows that when you have a microphone, you have a voice, and it is your responsibility to make that voice count. Because of this, 100 Proof began a charity and outreach program designed to help local organizations in Chicago get the word out about their programs and raise some sweet cash for those who need it most, all while making people laugh.
100 Proof chose StandUp For Kids for our December fundraiser because the mission of ending the cycle of youth homelessness is one we should all support. Stand Up For Kids is an organization reaching out to the homeless youth, a sector of society often forgotten and ignored. StandUp offers many programs and volunteers who provide a number of services including but not limited to; helping kids get off the streets and into school, giving out gift certificates for food and clothing, offering help through the National Runaway Switchboard, and lifestyle stabilization efforts to help kids become productive members of society.
Portions of ticket sales will be donated to StandUp For Kids, as well as any and all donations taken at the door and throughout the show. There will also be a raffle throughout the show including some exciting prizes donated by some fantastic neighborhood businesses. All proceeds from the raffle go straight to StandUp For Kids. The show will be followed by a free open mic and Comedy Sportz has a full bar, so feel free to stay and play and keep giving throughout the evening!
Show: 8pm-around 9:45
Comedy Sportz Theater is located at 929 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL
Scheduled to appear on the show*:
Headliner Sean Flannery (Never Been to Paris)
Kenny DeForest (Laugh Factory Chicago)
Joe Kwaczala (The Late Live Show)
Kelsie Huff (The Kates)
Ryan Walker (Comics and Villains)
All hosted by Lisa Laureta
*Card subject to change
LeAnn Rimes video "Give" featuring some of the homeless and street you that we work with on street outreach.