The mission of StandUp For Kids is ending the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.
If you are experiencing homelessness and are between the ages of 12-24; Call our hotline at (888) 365-4543
Part 1 - Orientation & Basic Training
At the Crossing
2115 Newport Blvd, Room 101 Costa Mesa CA
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There are an estimated 32,510 homeless youth living in the Orange County area. Of that number 11,118 are in high school and 2,773 turned 18 last year.
Statistics show that either the vast majority of these youth have been ejected from their homes or left with their parents' or guardians' full knowledge, and most are running from horrifying situations that most of us cannot even begin to comprehend. Once on the streets, they are consistently exposed to the harshest scenarios imaginable: prostitution, theft, physical violence, drug abuse, incarceration, depression, exposure to the elements, hunger and widespread disease are daily realities for these kids. Unfortunately, for them this represents their best, or only, option.
We at StandUp For Kids find these realities unacceptable and unnecessary. The Orange County program of StandUp For Kids is committed to advocating for, and helping in any way possible, these disenfranchised youth. We do this by heading to the streets each week to locate these kids and offer our services to them without condition or judgment.
Or donate whatever amount you can spare.
If you’d like to help us, please fill out the volunteer application. We'll be in touch with you.
If you've already filled out a volunteer application and want to get involved, please email our program at the email address at the bottom of the page and we'll get back to you.
Thank you for your interest in helping the homeless and street kids, and at risk youth in our community.
If you’d like to make a contribution to help us start a program here, please click on the donate button at the top of this page.
Watch a video on what it's like to be a homeless youth in one of America's richest counties.