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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: 8:00AM-12:00PM
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Part 2 - Street Training & Role Play

Huntington Beach, CA
Time: 10AM-2PM
Must complete Basic Training prior to attending.
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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.


Stay tuned! More fundraisers coming soon!


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.



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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.



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