Volunteers across the U.S. to meet homeless youth where they are,
while raising awareness of the dangers typically faced in the first two days without shelter
48 Hours on the Street
This public service campaign, an annual event since our founding 33 years ago, will take place throughout the month of April, culminating with events on the weekend of April 28-30, 2023. StandUp for Kids hopes this call to action will elevate awareness of youth homelessness and the dangers typically faced in the first two days without shelter, which often include being approached by drug dealers and being lured into prostitution.
Youth homelessness is an ongoing crisis in the U.S., especially for vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community, who are facing the impacts of discriminatory legislation at the state level across the country and whom not every outreach organization is willing to help. As stated by the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures), "Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, of which 700,000 are unaccompanied minors, meaning they are not part of a family or accompanied by a parent or guardian. On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness."
On the last weekend of April, StandUp for Kids volunteers all across the country will hit the streets for 48 consecutive hours in search of homeless and at-risk youth, between the ages of 12 and 24, to distribute food, clothing, hygiene products, resource information, and referrals. Local programs will organize activities and hands-on projects for volunteers and youth to target the needs in their community. To help support the 48 Hours campaign and all of StandUp for Kids' vital work, please click on the button below.
We know that the first 48 hours on the street are some of the most dangerous for newly-homeless youth. While StandUp for Kids stands with young people experiencing homeless every day, we want the young people we serve to know that they are not alone.
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