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 ...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
July 3 2019
StandUp For Kids - Thurston County
This month we would like to spotlight our wonderful volunteer, Ann Heitkemper!
Ann began volunteering with StandUp For Kids - Thurston County in April of 2019 and has made a big positive impact in the lives of many of our homeless youth since then.
"Outreach is challenging but yet rewarding. Kids on the street are skeptical of someone approaching them. It was explained that it is important to introduce yourself and chat a bit before giving someone a card with contact information to assure they can participate in the program. Even if they do not join us later for a social event or contact StandUp For Kids, they know that there are people that care about ...Read More
April 5 2019
StandUp for Kids - Thurston County/Olympia
Kicking off our volunteer highlight this week is Adrienne Nelson! Adrienne started volunteering with StandUp for Kids just about a year ago and is now serving as our Director of Kid Support. She is wonderfully generous and manages to make everyone around her smile.
"It gives me joy in my heart to go out and engage with the kids; our Executive Director has taught me so much about how important it is to build trust with them. Helping the kids and just taking a moment to listen to them is worth it. Volunteering with StandUp for Kids has opened my eyes to how real the issue of youth homelessness is and I wish I could help each and every one ...Read More
April 2 2019
StandUp For Kids - Thurston County/OlympiaBy Maija Sandberg
“I'm in here!! It's me! It's you! It's you!!,” a small clear voice called out from somewhere in the corner of a field of orderly green and blue tents. We'd been walking the city's temporary managed encampment looking for teens and young adults who might be ready to talk to someone about options for their future, or just their current needs. The snow had nearly all melted.
A tent quivered as we walked toward it, following the voice. Someone inside struggled in haste to open heavy black zipper that formed a C shaped front door. Stepping out, a young woman about 5 feet 2 inches tall threw her arms open wide, ...Read More
February 5 2019
This blog post was written by StandUp for Kids - Olympia/Thurston CountyIn short, tell us who you are.
I’m a community member, artist, and organizer. I believe in the strength of connectivity. Intentional communication fosters specific action and lasting impact and I do what I can to create opportunities. I am a champion of authentic expression and I live by my word.
Why StandUp for Kids? What made us stand out above the rest?
StandUp For Kids stood out to me because of the simple word used in their mission statement: ‘empower’.
A child has very little control over the circumstance they are born into. I am in support of every organization that operates with that ...Read More