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. Serving as a mobile service center to homeless youths living on the streets and serving as mentors to high school students experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness, with the goal of keeping them in school and off the streets.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 had a direct impact on how we deliver our services. We quickly adapted, moving from in-person to virtual mentoring and street connections, providing food support to our youth and their families, partnering with community providers, and continuing to provide new and exciting ways to service our youth. During the 2019/2020 school year 97% of our students graduated or stayed in school.
STANDUP FOR KIDS - ATLANTA IS FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES WITHIN ALL OUR PROGRAMS. We wear masks, practice social distancing and no longer go inside of buildings during our Street Outreach. Want to learn more? Contact us at Atlanta@standupforkids.org.
Street Outreach Program
Street Outreach volunteers connect with homeless and at-risk youth (ages 14-24) on the streets of Atlanta. They 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. We need more feet on the street! Monday or Wednesday evenings (6:30-8:30pm). To learn more about Street Outreach, contact ZoeW@standupforkids.org.
Volunteer Mentors are matched with a student identified by school social workers and counselors. These are high potential students that are in the midst of some type of family or housing transition. Typically, mentors meet with their students for lunch two times a month at their student’s school located in North and South Fulton, Gwinnett or Hall County Schools. During the COVID-19 pandemic, mentors and students meet twice per month via Zoom or Face Time, facilitated by StandUp staff.
We continue our efforts in providing a robust and fulfilling mentor program and look forward to getting back to in-person meetings for the 2021-22 school year. We have added an incentive program to keep students logging in and attending classes for some of our harder hit schools, providing gift cards for consistent attendance. We are proud to report that we had a 96% graduated or remained in school outcome for the 2020-21 school year!
For 2021, we are excited to announce the Next Steps pilot program. This program provides continued support to our graduates as they slowly transition out of our high school program and into the work force or postsecondary education. Youth are rewarded for entrepreneurial efforts and continued education. Consistent relationships give our kids the support and encouragement needed to stay in school and graduate! To learn more about volunteering contact mentorsATL@standupforkids.org.
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