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SUFK - OC's 2018 Holiday Party Recap

December 21 2018

The room was packed. Hundreds of kids, young adults, mentors and volunteers involved with StandUp For Kids smiled and laughed together as they filled the room and got in line to get lunch. Everyone piled their plates with ham, turkey, stuffing, green beans, bread, potatoes and all the other delicious foods. Once stomachs were full, the festivities began. The day started with the thrift store – a big room filled with donated clothes, shoes, home goods and hygiene products. The kids poured in the room and started filling their bags with the items they needed. They squealed with joy as they showed each other their great finds. Next, we heard from kids of all different age groups from ...

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Anna's Story - Orange County

November 27 2018

Anna was born in Mexico and brought to the United States by her parents when she was six-years-old. She has no other home, but is now seeing progress in her efforts toward recovery, helping others, and formalizing her U.S. citizenship. “After my parents brought me, my brother and my sister here, we lived on the low-income side of town. I always did poorly in school, struggling with every subject. I started smoking weed at 12, and shortly after that I started drinking. Both of my parents worked constantly and never noticed. At 16, my drug use progressed, and after trying meth things went downhill fast. My parents kicked me out of the house. “At that point I realized I needed to ...

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Orange County's Veteran Of The Year 2018

November 20 2018

We are so proud to announce that StandUp for Kids - Orange County’s Director of Operations Carlia Oldfather has been recognized by the City of Mission Viejo for her outstanding efforts in the community. The Veterans of the Year award celebrates one male and female resident veteran within Mission Viejo for their community service.Serving as a Sergeant in the Army, Carlia was regularly recognized for her efforts as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. Carlia is also a mother of four, and since her military career she’s gone on to help the neediest in our communities; volunteering at StandUp For Kids, as well as the local Mission Viejo Kiwanis chapter and Boys and Girls ...

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Communities Leading By Example

November 9 2018

By Ryan Kincaid As election season has come and gone, we often find ourselves wondering, “What’s next?” In the case of StandUp For Kids, a very important proposition was passed this past Tuesday. Our mission is well documented; we strive to prevent youth homelessness. However, we certainly can’t do it alone. This is why dedicated support systems are imperative to our organization and its mission. In addition to our valued donors, we also often need a little additional help from the state legislature. In last week’s election, California’s Proposition 2 was passed with a heavy majority. Proposition 2 is essentially a continuation of 2016’s Proposition ...

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A Season For Giving Thanks - Orange County

October 30 2018

By Ryan Kincaid Despite these 80-degree temperatures in Southern California, there’s no denying that the autumn season is upon us. Autumn brings a lot to celebrate: cooler weather, beautiful scenery, Halloween and furthermore, Thanksgiving. There’s certainly a lot to be excited about at this time of year. However, for us here at StandUp For Kids, it’s about so much more than being able to wear warmer clothes and seeing the pretty-colored leaves. Here are some of the things we have going on this Fall: Dia de los Muertos - First on the agenda, Anaheim site coordinator Denisze Zermeno will be teaching the children about the significance of Dia de los Muertos and its relation ...

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OC Student Spotlight - Melany Sanchez

October 30 2018

By Ryan Kincaid For many students, after-school programs are a time to receive assistance with their studies. For others, it’s an opportunity to see their friends past 3 p.m. Finding the perfect balance, however, is what makes these programs most beneficial and enjoyable for the children. Despite the fact that eighth-grader, Melany Sanchez, is practically counting down the days until the end of the school year, she understands that these experiences are priceless and that StandUp For Kids is here with her for every step towards achieving her dreams. “I’d like to be a computer programmer,” exclaimed Melany without hesitation when we asked her what career she’d ...

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