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
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
Only kids who were continuously active in STANDUP FOR KIDS program (e.g. outreach or outreach centers) are eligible for apartment support. Volunteers provide services including locating apartments, life skills training, developing living success, counseling and overall moral support. Apartment support includes, but is not limited to, helping kids with the following:
Assistance in locating apartments (and taking care of the apartment)
Life skills training, including the fundamentals of living alone and supporting themselves
Support in developing a follow-up plan after being placed in an independent living situation
Providing a weekly food basket
Assistance with providing clothes
Assistance with furnishing apartments
STANDUP FOR KIDS encounter homeless kids who are couch-surfers attend regular school. We connect with school
counselors or liaison from the McKinney-Vento Homeless
Assistance Act to encourage them to give us the 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, but are not limited to, baby
layettes, testing fees, diploma fee, food handler certification
fee, summer school fees, driver's license testing fee. We have given the occasional scholarship for students highly recommended by school counselors.
The continued support of basic needs being met enables kids to stay in school to finish their education and will help keep them off the streets during school hours.