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Our Programs


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:

Don't Run Away

The Don't Run Away Program's main purpose is to prevent at-risk youth from choosing to run away by presenting them alternatives to running away before they choose to act. The Don't Run Away Program starts with StandUp For Kids club members from high schools and colleges making presentations in junior high and elementary school classrooms. Students from the third grade on up to the eight grade are taught how to remove themselves from abusive situations. The Don't Run Away program reaches out to encourage kids not to run away.

Street Outreach

STANDUP FOR KIDS Street Outreach Team literally goes to the streets and locates homeless, street kids and at-risk youth. Through extensive training, the street team can identify these kids from the general population because they often blend into the crowd for their own safety.

Street outreach encompasses:

  • Befriending homeless youth and letting them know that there are caring adults who are concerned about their well-being and want to see them safe and successful

  • Providing vital information regarding available resources to meet their needs, including housing, education, employment, medical, mental health and other support services

  • Providing food, clothing, hygiene products, blankets, and other comfort items

  • Harm reduction counseling to address the risks associated with street life

  • Providing social events: movies, picnics, daylong activities birthday parties, etc. to help kids build foundation away from the street

  • Providing youth with a physical mailing address so that they can receive mail
  • Outreach/Drop In Centers

    The intent/purpose of a STANDUP FOR KIDS Outreach/Drop In Center is to provide a safe and protective environment for homeless and at-risk youth. The Outreach Center provides a safe environment for kids to relax and escape the dangers of the streets. Some of the kids will often spend most of their time sleeping because they are safe from harassment, theft and physical or sexual harm.

    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.

    Atlanta, GA
    Hampton Roads, VA
    Houston, TX
    Jacksonville, FL
    Miami, FL
    Oceanside, CA
    Orange County, CA
    Phoenix, AZ
    San Diego, CA
    Worcester, MA

    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

    Apartment Support

    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

    Alternative Schools

    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.