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!
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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
April 15 2018
Our StandUp For Kids - Denver Chapter is incredibly blessed! Although we have a small amount of volunteers, the number of youth we serve every Sunday is huge! We are 100% street based, meaning we have no drop-in center or inside space of any kind. There is no "Plan B" for Sunday dinners if the weather is not favorable or other issues arise. We always meet our youth where they are, which is outside, without a roof or any place to call home. We try to provide some sense of "home" in the most basic sense by providing a consistent presence, a shoulder to cry on, ears to listen and hearts that love them unconditionally, not to mention nourishing food.
A big part of what we do is provide 4 ...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
October 16 2017
Volunteers, staff, youth representatives, and board members from all across the U.S. gathered in Tucson for our national conference October 6-8, 2017. The conference theme was "Raising A.R.I.Z.O.N.A." for Awareness, Respect, Inspiration, Zero Stigma, Ongoing Support, National Concern, and Attention to the Plight of our Youth. The Tucson program hosted the conference. With input from the Executive Director Advisory Council, the conference featured some tremendous sessions, not only to share best practices and do hands-on outreach, but also to focus on raising leadership capacities and technical skills to meet the complex mental health needs of our youth.
An annual tradition at our ...Read More
September 20 2017
By Maureen McPadden
Here in Denver, Colorado, we do street outreach most Tuesdays year round. We go out and connect with youth, catch up, and provide needed gear and supplies, shoulders to lean on, and hearts to listen. We provide healthy, 3-4 course dinners every single Sunday of every week, rain, snow, or shine. We are 100%-street based, so we go wherever youth are, with no inside facility or gathering place and no "Plan B" when it comes to providing our services. Our amazing donors sign up months in advance to provide these meals.
I have been with the Denver program of StandUp For Kids for six years, and executive director for four of those. My daughter, Rheala Melesio, is ...Read More