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Mission

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.

Young homeless boy and girl aided by StandUp For Kids

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Training

07/20/14 & 08/09/14
Part 1 - Orientation & Basic Training

Irvine Water District Building
15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine CA (next to fertility clinic )
Time: 8:00AM-12:00PM
RSVP to reserve your seat:
OrangeCounty@standupforkids.org
08/16/14
Part 2 - Street Training & Role Play

Huntington Beach, CA
Time: 10AM-2PM
Must complete Basic Training prior to attending.
Please RSVP at
OrangeCounty@standupforkids.org.
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.

Fundraisers

07/25/14
Club Zumba Fundraiser all proceeds go to SUFK. (Click here for the flyer.)
10/19/14
The Crop Walk For Hunger

To join the team or donate, go to http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/standup4kids
11/12/14
Boudine Eat Out For Charity

(Bring in the flyer or show them the flyer on your smart device and StandUp For Kids gets 20%. Click here for the flyer.)


Shop For A Cause

Macy's and StandUp For Kids invite customers to participate in Macy's ninth annual national "Shop For A Cause" charity shopping event on August 23, 2014 at the South Coast Plaza, CA.

Macy's "Shop For A Cause" is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities' fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006.

Customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from StandUp For Kids at the link below.

Macy's Shop For A Cause - StandUp For Kids  

Stats

There are an estimated 30,542 homeless youth living in the Orange County area and an estimated 2,500 youth in the Orange County foster care system. Of the foster care kids, approximately 300 will age out of the foster care system program per year when they turn eighteen, and 25-50% of those kids will then become homeless. Translation: there are roughly 150 additional children on the cusp of homelessness in Orange County alone.*

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.

*Statistics compiled from the 2010 Orange County Board of Education Homeless Liaisons Report.


 

Donate

Or donate whatever amount you can spare.

Click the image above for a larger PDF version.

Volunteer

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.

OrangeCounty@standupforkids.org

Videos

The Hero Inside

48 Hour film contest entry by Cristina Starr

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.

 

Contact

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

OrangeCounty@standupforkids.org

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