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StandUp For Kids Staff Spotlight

July 16 2018

Meet Our Staff: Denisze Zermeno By: Zack Johnston One of StandUp For Kids' newest staff members in Orange County, California is quickly on her way to becoming one of its most valued. Denisze Zermeno is the site coordinator for the Anaheim mentoring and S.T.E.M. programs. She started that position in June after a four-month mentoring internship in Huntington Beach. Her volunteering experience includes other non-profits and working with elementary and preschool students, but working with StandUp For Kids has offered her something more. When she was first getting started, she worked closely with another StandUp mentor, Brittany, who showed her things like conducting intakes and street ...

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The Battle for L.A.'s Plan to End Homelessness

July 11 2018

The battle for L.A.'s plan to end homelessness By Zack Johnston It’s the city versus its citizens. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials are on a mission to end the growing homeless crisis, but some L.A. residents disapprove of how that mission is being carried out. Earlier this year Mayor Garcetti introduced his Bridge Home initiative, a comprehensive plan to build an emergency shelter in all 15 city council districts. The mayor’s 2018-19 budget allocates $20 million to construct these shelters, and the plan includes additional sanitation services that will go toward areas near the new shelters. In a unanimous vote on June 29, the L.A. City Council ...

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3 Key Homelessness Updates in the U.S. This Week

June 20 2018

By Zack Johnston The Western United States is experiencing some of the worst homelessness in decades, and we don’t seem to be finding a solution anytime soon. But thanks to the recent work of dedicated organizations and some passionate legislators, more and more people will get the help they need to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Homeless job training programs A London-based organization that supplies job training and employment is making its way to the U.S. Change Please is a startup that trains homeless individuals as baristas and employs them at their mobile and permanent coffee shops, according to the Huffington Post. Change Please was recently awarded $350,000 from ...

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T’keyah's Story - Orange County

June 14 2018

Holding on to Hope and the Power of Positivity By T’keyah Edwards I am a girl. A girl with a very creative imagination. One that I bring to life. I believe that life is what you make it. The world is filled with so many beautiful places and people that are taken for granted. At the beginning of this year I was at rock bottom. Then I came across the law of attraction from a friend of mine. I realized that I could change my perspective on how I view situations in my life, so I started doing so. I started meditating and saying positive affirmations in my head. In no time I started attracting wonderful people who completely changed me. That’s how StandUp For Kids came into my ...

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Orange County 2018 Gala Recap

May 29 2018

The volunteers lined the entrance, ready to greet the 200+ guests. The room was sparkling with silky tablecloths, big beautiful centerpieces with purple hydrangeas, and strings of lights crossing the ceiling. Then it started. Hundreds of supporters, volunteers and the youth helped by StandUp For Kids filled the space with laughter and excitement for the evenings events. People in beautiful dresses and sharp suits began finding their seats and chattering about which silent auction items they had their eye on. The magician worked the room making things disappear and reappear to the shock and delight of the onlookers. Photo: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity The night continued with a ...

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JCPenney Comes Together to StandUp For Kids

April 12 2018

The JCPenney of Westminster came together to help us give five of our kids the opportunity to get the everyday necessities they need. Lori, the JCPenney general manager, loved our mission and received a $1,000 grant from corporate to help our kids. We honored T’keyah, Don, Tyler, Shea and Alyssa from our Orange County chapter and each of them were given $200 to shop for what they need while trying to get back on their feet.    “It means the world to me that people are so compassionate that they can give back to the world because there are not a lot of people who are this helpful” – T’keyah, StandUp For Kids - Orange County    Each of them ...

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