The mission of StandUp For Kids - Olympia/Thurston County is to stabilize youth who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, establish trust, and act as a resource linking youth with community services. We advocate for youth and assist them in building opportunities for a better tomorrow. StandUp For Kids provides community support services to youths up to the age of 24. StandUp For Kids provides important services in order to improve the general quality of life for youth. It helps youth meet their survival needs and offers a social support network. The program seeks to provide youth with access to a preventative safety net of medical care, meals, housing, and a safe place from street life.
The most important ingredient is the relationship established between StandUp For Kids volunteers and individual youth. Youth can know and feel love and hope. Youth are the most vulnerable group of the homeless population and less likely to seek and receiveservices than older adults. Without intervention and assistance, they can become victims of trafficking, sexual abuse, and exploitation. In time, they may join the chronically homeless adult population.
Volunteers reach out to youth living on the streets and in make-shift shelters. They offer sustaining snacks and work to establish relationships and trust. Volunteers offer encouragement, hope and an invitation to meet later at the StandUp For Kids POSH (Place of Safety and Hope) Drop-in Place where an individual is comfortable.
Mentoring and Counseling
Volunteers support, encourage and remind youth to meet personal goals that can improve their lives. Volunteers connect youth to resources, depending on the individual’s needs. Resources include (but are not limited to) educational and job referral assistance, medical and dental assistance.
Apartment Support Assistance
Youth at risk of homelessness may have apartments, but are in danger of losing them. Volunteers provide knowledge and skills on how to understand and follow a lease, how to maintain an apartment, and how to cook and clean.