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.Read More
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!
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 ...Read More
December 18 2018
What was your biggest worry today?
Was it where the money for your next meal was going to come from?
Was it where you were going to sleep tonight?
Was it where you would be able to shower, if at all?
Was it where you would get help?
These are just some of the anxieties, questions and uncertainties America’s 1.8 million homeless youth have to face on a daily basis. Their worries never stop.
Survival is the name of the game for the homeless youth of America who work every day to make it to the next. Filmmaker and director Michael Leoni undertook the project of a lifetime in 2009 when he set out to film a public service announcement about homeless youth in Los Angeles.
What he found ...Read More
December 11 2018
Since its inception in 2009, StandUp For Kids (SUFK) - Chicago has welcomed volunteers from the city to help in its mission: ending the cycle of youth homelessness in the city of Chicago. At the drop-in center, open three nights a week, SUFK - Chicago provides youth a warm meal and safe space, mentorships and much-needed essentials from a community closet donated by inhabitants of the greater Lakeview neighborhood.
A major driving force behind the work SUFK - Chicago is able to accomplish comes from in-kind monetary donations from individuals and companies alike in the Chicagoland area. While many of these donations already arrive on a regular basis, the SUFK - Chicago volunteer base is ...Read More
August 10 2018
Summer 2018 Newsletter
What’s New in Chicago
Summer 2018 has brought a wave of activity for the Purple People in Lakeview. We experience more and more youth coming to us not just for basic needs like food and clothing, but for much needed moral support to help them survive the challenges they face every day in our city. We continue to see our growing volunteer base develop deep connections with our teens. We meet new donors and partners from across Chicagoland every week, interested in the mission of StandUp For Kids and how they can take part in breaking the cycle of youth homelessness.
In This Issue:
Golf Outing 2018 Meet A ...Read More
January 25 2018
A year of highlights from Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair
Your support and involvement in our mission has helped make 2017 a standout year for StandUp For Kids.
Our central responsibility is to our nation’s young people faced with homelessness, whether temporary or longer term. No matter the circumstances that got them there. No matter the work that needs to be done to help them transition them into safe, stable chapters of their lives. We are deeply humbled by this responsibility, and held fiercely to it through the political tumult of 2017. When some of our youth felt unwelcome, we stood taller to welcome them.
In 2017, we worked with over 2,200 youth for the first ...Read More