StandUp for Kids – Atlanta works to end the cycle of youth homelessness and its economic impact by providing support and resources to youth experiencing hardships beyond their control. We are incredibly grateful to the many volunteers, supporters, donors, and staff that have made the last twenty years a success. Follow our journey…be part of our history…be part of the mission to end the cycle of youth homelessness! Follow us @sufkatlanta on Instagram or Facebook.

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Mentor Program

We know that ending the cycle of youth homelessness starts with kids staying in school! We match our trained volunteer mentors with a student, identified by school social workers and counselors, for in-school mentoring twice a month during the student’s lunch period. These are high potential students that are in the midst of some type of family or housing transition and in need of additional guidance and support. Our mentors assist with setting personal and educational goals, life skills training, post-graduation planning, college visits, and support through graduation. Graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness hover around 67%. Students participating in our program have remained in school or graduated at a rate of 97% for the last three years!

In 2021 we introduced a new arm of our Mentor Program, Next Steps. This program provides continued support to our graduates as they transition out of our high school program and into the workforce or postsecondary education. Youth are rewarded for entrepreneurial efforts and continued education. Consistent relationships give our kids the support and encouragement needed to progress into productive citizens. To learn more about getting involved and volunteering, contact [email protected].

Street Outreach Program

Since 2003 our trained volunteers have been connecting with youth (ages 14-24) at-risk or experiencing homelessness. We provide immediate resources and referrals to get youth to safety and to a path forward. As a mobile service center, we provide shelter and housing resources, identification and transportation resources, immediate needs such as food packs, hygiene items, emergency assistance, and harm reduction counseling to address the risks associated with street life. To learn more about Street Outreach, contact [email protected].