Blog - Atlanta

See you in San Antonio

September 22 2019

Starting Friday September 27, the entire StandUp for Kids family -- from outreach volunteers, local leaders, and executive directors, to donors, national board, and staff -- will convene in San Antonio, Texas for mark our 29th year, and partake in one very special National Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Remember the Mission," evoking the neaerby Alamo Mission's cry. We thought it would be fitting to tie in local roots with our own mission of "ending the cycle of youth homelessness." For the young people we serve, their own plea for independence rings ever so loudly in our ears and mobilizes us to take action. Together at this national conference, we have the ability ...

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Did You Catch Us on National TV?

July 24 2019

We are excited to announce that our organization was featured on Coffee with America on Saturday, July 13, on stations across the nation. The segment introduced viewers to Atlanta staff member Julie Palmer. Julie beautifully captured the work we do and the youth we serve. Please give it a watch and share it with your friends! Stand Up For Kids from Coffee with America on Vimeo.

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StandUp for Kids Has a New Look

July 24 2019

After nearly thirty years of serving youth in need, we are thrilled to announce that the StandUp for Kids brand had a makeover! Youth-Centered Our new logo captures the awesome potential of young lives when they know care, feel loved, and have the support they need to move quickly from surviving to thriving. Youth are the heart of our organization, so it was important to convey that. The logo is youth-centered, energetic, and a clever evolution of our former look. Proud to be the Purple People Purple often represents wisdom or creativity. To the youth we serve, it represents safety, care, and support. Our kids often call volunteers the Purple People. Youth know they can trust them to get ...

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Congratulations On Graduating Kaustov!

May 23 2019

StandUp For Kids - AtlantaHe lost his father, then his mother, then their home. This week he graduated high school with the help of the StandUp For Kids Mentor Program. The program meets with homeless and at risk students in high schools across Atlanta, Gwinnett and Hall Counties in Georgia.

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Parkview Teen Finds Solace In School Involvement Following Parents’ Deaths

February 12 2019

StandUp for Kids - Atlanta Parkview High School senior Kaustov Chakrabarti is wise beyond his years. At 18 years old, he’s thinking not hours and days ahead, but rather in terms of years. A typical day for the Lilburn resident starts well before the 7:17 a.m. warning bell for first period at Parkview High School and lasts long after the final whistle of football practice for the Panthers. “I wanted to separate myself from other students and help myself become more successful,” Chakrabarti said. “Not just in school but in life and my relationships.” It is an internal force and drive that keeps him on track after life events almost derailed him. During the ...

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How StandUp For Kids Is Helping Gainesville High Students

February 12 2019

StandUp for Kids - Atlanta Daisy Zendejas, an 18-year-old senior at Gainesville High School, found StandUp for Kids at the right time. Or, perhaps, the mentoring program found her. Either way, it came when she needed it the most. “I’m really happy I got chosen for this,” she said. Zendejas has had to grow up fast. Her mother passed away while in high school, just before Zendejas became a mother herself to a boy.    But Zendejas isn’t jaded or overwhelmed. It shows in her steady demeanor and positive spirit. “She has the maturity of a 20-something-year-old,” said Sue Levine, Zendejas’ mentor. “A lot of hard times … ...

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