StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley has been in the area since 2008 with our mentoring program working one on one with homeless youth make progress in their life to get them off the streets. We grew our program in 2013 with street outreach and opening our outreach center, The Village. Teams went out on the streets in downtown San Jose sharing our mission in hopes they showed up at The Village.
When we first opened The Village, we were open Monday and Thursday night only, and the following year we opened an additional day, Saturday. This year, we plan to be open Wednesdays as well. Throughout all this we continued to provide one on one mentoring to our youths where we’ve been able to get youths off the street, maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
2016 was a great success with our 1st Annual Charity Fundraiser Dinner where we hosted over 160 friends, family and neighbors educating them on the work we do, introducing them to one of our youths, all the while having a fun filled evening raising money for out outreach center, The Village where we assisted over 2000 youths, including 84 new ones. We raised enough funds for several months of expenses and supplies for the winter with our Sponsor a Youth for the Winter. We are proud of the dedication our Volunteers provided all year with over 3400 volunteer hours.
StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley offers the following services to youth:
Our Outreach Center, The Village, is located in downtown San Jose and is very accessible to the youth in the area. We are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30pm - 8:00pm and Saturdays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The purpose of The Village is to provide a safe place for kids to feel welcome, escape the dangers of the streets and find support. We also address immediate needs of kids such as food, clothing, personal hygiene, supplies for out on the street, a hot shower, access to the internet for job searching, resume drafting, and overall access to things like applying for an ID, birth certificate, etc. The volunteers help with these needs in addition, if needed, medical care, education assistance, and transportation.
Our unique and ever-developing one-on-one mentoring program instills a sincere sense of personal importance, being cared about, and respected. We have helped kids obtain their State ID's, Social Security cards, and birth certificates. We've helped them find jobs, get back into school, and celebrate birthdays. Our mentoring program also offers joint creation of individual life plans to help each kid meet their specific personal goals for a fulfilled, sustained, and independent future off the streets. As well as the support, guidance, and resources necessary to assist each kid in executing their individual life plan, including education support, job training, job search skills and whatever else our kids need to be successful!
Our Street Outreach efforts continue to play an important role in gaining the kids' trust and making them comfortable enough to join us at The Village. The Outreach team literally goes to the streets and locates homeless, street kids and at-risk youth. Through 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. We handout food kits, hygiene products, blankets, and other comfort items such as a backpack. We inform them about the Village, provide them with materials and hope to see them again at The Village.