StandUp For Kids - Orange County
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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

Young homeless boy and girl aided by StandUp For Kids

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Training

Part 1 - Orientation & Basic Training

At the Crossing
2115 Newport Blvd, Room 101 Costa Mesa, CA
Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM
RSVP to reserve your seat:

Part 2 - Street Training & Role Play

Huntington Beach, CA
Time: 10AM-2PM
Must complete Basic Training prior to attending.
Please RSVP at
Once we receive your RSVP, you will be sent important volunteer paperwork that will be required to become a StandUp For Kids counselor and/or leader.


There are an estimated 30,542 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.

Local Contacts

Executive Director
Justine Palmore
Director of Outreach
Albert Martinez
Director of Volunteers/Executive Assistant
Brittany Blackburn
Director of Outreach Center Operations (Huntington Beach)
Angela Wheeler
Director of Outreach Center Operations (Anaheim)
Veronica Romero
Director of Program Support
Brittin Hilyard
Director of Fund Development
Linda Wilkie
Director of Community Resource Development
Susan Durik
Director of Adult Training
Diana Newton
Director of Kid Development
Meghann McGeough
Director of Marketing
Jeanne Ruppelious



Where do your donations go?

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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.


Homeless in Orange County

Watch a video on what it's like to be a homeless youth in one of America's richest counties.

Homeless in Orange County from T V on Vimeo.



Email us to find out how you can join our all volunteer program helping homeless kids improve their lives.

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