StandUp For Kids runs several innovative programs that provide homeless youth the assistance, training and resources to make a successful re-integration into society. These programs include:
Street outreach encompasses:
STANDUP FOR KIDS operates Outreach/Drop In Centers in the following locations, Youth can "drop-in" on designated evenings to receive a hot meal, take a shower, wash clothes, and use the computers to work on resume or homework, and to speak with outreach counselors or nurse in a safe, caring environment.
Hampton Roads, VA
Orange County, CA
San Diego, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Services provided, but not limited to, are:
Meals and snacks
Telephone messages and mail services
Identification services (birth certificates, social security cards, etc.)
Nursing, laundry, showers, etc.
Education services, counseling on-site and job prep.
Computer lab, GED prep, mentoring, TV/Play room, phone calls, mail service
Referral services for available programs throughout the community
A place to make meaningful relationships with caring adults
Job referral and apartment finding services
STANDUP FOR KIDS encounters couch-surfer homeless kids who attend regular school. We connect with schools to encourage them to give us a chance to help these students in need. We work with schools furnishing weekend food and nutritious snacks in a backpack to be distributed to homeless kids attending school. They bring the empty backpack back on Monday to be refilled for the following weekend. Clothes are also given to homeless students to take as needed.
In addition to the basics, we provide bus passes for students who can't ride the school bus (such as moms with baby, or student living across town). Other things that we provide upon recommendation include summer school fees, testing fees, diploma fees, certification fees, driver license fees, etc. We give occasional scholarships to students highly recommended by school counselors.
Our School Mentoring Program matches homeless and at-risk students with caring mentors who can give them the support needed to overcome academic and personal barriers and the encouragement to make positive and healthy life choices. Studies show that students who succeed despite personal, economic or social challenges often times do so because of a caring adult. The presence of a committed and competent role model for our students builds self-confidence and increases school success.
The supportive, healthy relationship formed with mentors and the students' basis needs being met enable them to stay in school and finish their education.