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StandUp For Kids is an all volunteer organization. We are in need of your support. For those who want to get involved in outreach, StandUp For Kids provides sixteen hours of training to provide you the tools to reach out and make a difference in kids' lives.
Thirteen kids die on the street everyday, from abuse, disease and suicide. By getting involved you can make a difference and give back to your community. Volunteering is not only rewarding to you, it can save a kid's life.
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To work directly with homeless youth, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, consent to a criminal background investigation ($15 processing fee), and be able to provide 3 character references.
For volunteers who want to work strictly "behind the scenes," a background check is not required (except for Executive Directors).
Volunteers who are between 16-18 years of age may volunteer with the program only with signed parental consent, a background investigation, and 3 character/ leadership references; this may not apply to street outreach or outreach center counselors (at the discretion of each program's leadership committee).
"For me, StandUp For Kids is the perfect way to start my week. It is a way to bring me back down to earth from my hectic life. We all get so caught up in school, friends, and other commitments during senior year, but once I started StandUp, I realized the problems and difficulties I faced in my life were not real difficulties at all. I knew where I was going to sleep on a nightly basis and when I would get my next meal. StandUp has opened up a new world to me. You would never guess that just 13 miles away a homeless youth epidemic is occurring. The youth we work with look just like us. My first night was on outreach and I was shocked at the people we had identified as homeless and were giving food to. Some of them were dressed even nicer than I was. They all know how to hide their situation to the public. It's not until they let you into their lives that you can tell that they're homeless.
As an overall learning experience, this has taught me how to start a conversation with absolutely anyone about absolutely anything. You learn to be able to connect with people you thought you can nothing in common with. I can address situations and solve real-life problems. I know I'm not the one with the problems but I can help aid my new friends with their troubles. I love each and every one of these kids and their stories. I still continue to come every Monday because I want to not because I have to. It feels like I'm going to hang out with my friends, not like going to a job."
-Maddie, StandUp For Kids - Chicago volunteer