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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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Five Reasons to Attend SUFK - Orange County's Spring Gala

April 9 2018

Living here in Orange County, it’s easy to get distracted by the beautiful beaches, sports cars and wealth that is in abundance in sunny southern California, but the ever-increasing cost of living makes it very challenging for many of our residents to survive. According to the Orange County Department of Education, there are over 27,000 homeless students enrolled in a K-12 Orange County school. On top of that, there are additional homeless youth who aren’t in school and young adults who, in many cases, aged out of foster care. StandUp For Kids strives to end the cycle of youth homelessness by building communities that provide a support system and access to resources that ...

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Sarah's Story: A Volunteer That's Been There

March 15 2018

I missed school a lot from a young age. When I was in elementary school, I remember missing over a year of school because my family was dealing with a huge tragedy and homelessness. My mom raised me by herself and there was never a stable place for us. She tried her best to stay away from drugs and get whatever money she could so we could eat and have a place to stay whether it would be at her friends or a hotel. I remember us staying at her friend’s house sharing the couch for about a year, living in a cheap hotel and sometimes having to sleep in the car. Meet Sarah, a StandUp For Kids Volunteer   It seemed so normal to me that this was my life. At the same time, it was ...

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T’keyah’s Story: A New Beginning

February 19 2018

T’keyah is a hard-working bubbly spirit whose life fell off track as she was trying to get to a better place. At 24-years-old she found herself sleeping on the floor of an apartment until StandUp For Kids came along. Moving to Newport Beach from Bakersfield, T’keyah was looking to get out of her hometown for better opportunities by going to live with her friend. A couple months later, she found herself cleaning and taking care of a two-bedroom apartment with over six people living in it, with her friend’s mom expecting her to pay rent without an actual place to sleep. After hearing about StandUp for Kids from a coworker, T’keyah felt hopeful she could get to a ...

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Number of Homeless Students in Orange County for 2016-17

January 26 2018

There are over 27,000 homeless students (grades K-12) in our Orange County schools. Please keep in mind that these numbers do not include:  - Students that do not identify due to shame and/or fear, - Youth that are not in school due to their circumstances, - Young adults that are ages 18-25.  

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Look What We Did Together in 2017

January 25 2018

A year of highlights from Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair   Your support and involvement in our mission has helped make 2017 a standout year for StandUp For Kids. Our central responsibility is to our nation’s young people faced with homelessness, whether temporary or longer term. No matter the circumstances that got them there. No matter the work that needs to be done to help them transition them into safe, stable chapters of their lives. We are deeply humbled by this responsibility, and held fiercely to it through the political tumult of 2017. When some of our youth felt unwelcome, we stood taller to welcome them. In 2017, we worked with over 2,200 youth for the first ...

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