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
Because of the diversity of the communities we serve throughout the country, we conduct mentoring in school, after school, and in our outreach centers.
In School & After-School Mentoring
The goal of the mentoring program is to deter teen pregnancy, gang involvement, and increase high school graduation rates and foster a love for learning. The current programs accomplish this by pairing students with volunteer mentors who meet on a weekly basis during the school year. Mentors provide stability, friendship, and support by developing an effective study plan, providing tutoring, and discussing challenges experienced due to their unstable housing conditions. To support this facet of their lives, we provide access to computers, homework help, and life and career counseling weekly. The purpose of SUFK's Mentoring Program, is to encourage, mentor, support, and reward our youth in their pursuit of educational excellence. We want these junior- and senior-high teens to understand that we truly believe in them, and that they are capable and will be rewarded for their hard work and diligence in education. All youth who wish to participate must sign a contract and commit to participation in the weekly program for the duration of the school year. Throughout their participation, we utilize our existing resource partnerships to connect youth with the comprehensive services available.
Small Group & Center Mentoring
Once we’re successful in helping kids get off the streets, the real test begins. If it takes nine months to get a long-term homeless kid off the streets, it may take twice that long working with them in an apartment environment before they feel fully capable and comfortable with taking care of themselves. Apartment support teams will monitor the apartment situation and help young renters build a life centered around their community.
Apartment support includes, but is not limited to, helping with the following: