December 4 2018
How did you meet StandUp For Kids?
At Artesian Well in August 2018 through an outreach event when you brought musical instruments. I was at Purple House but I kept seeing fliers and was drawn to the idea of peer counseling. I did not like staying in shelters or in tent city so I decided to take the steps to make a change. Originally I thought you were like everyone else, someone who just handed out food or supplies.
Tell us your storyI was in foster care and was not allowed social media, I could not talk to others my own age to share what I was dealing with. I would self-harm and stuff because I was attempting to cope. I had a suicide attempt ...Read More
September 24 2018
How a helping hand changes lives
Richmond and his girlfriend were living with her sister until they got kicked out, along with their baby girl. They were living on the street in downtown Olympia when they saw the StandUp For Kids street outreach team and decided to ask for help.
Since that day, StandUp For Kids has provided the family with mentorship, apartment resources, food and help getting a driver’s license – all to aid them in their goal to become self-sufficient.
“StandUp For Kids has given us a chance for a better life,” he said. “They have always been there when I was in need. They provided us with confidence and self-worth.”
In addition to the ...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
November 22 2017
If given the opportunity to help youth experiencing homelessness, how far would you be willing to go? How many hours would you be willing to put in to make sure homeless youth are safe?
Meet Irene. She has volunteered with our program in Olympia for three years. Irene travels two hours, three days a week to conduct street outreach with our youth to make sure they feel safe and have their basic needs met.
Danny Burkett, Olympia’s Executive Director says, “Irene has been a great asset to the team. When I first became the Executive Director, she was quick to help by taking on many hats. It was a stressful transition for us all, but she has such a big heart ...Read More
February 27 2017
AmeriCorp and StandUp For Kids - Olympia brought a safe place for homeless youth and young adults on Marting Luther King Jr. Day.Twenty- six youth and young adults were served, we distributed 4 camp packs, 6 tents, 7 tarps, 6 ropes, 10 flashlights, 7 sleeping bags, 10 toiletry bags and over 150 novels & books totaling over $2,000 in In-Kind Donations!
Special thanks to Orca books, Half Price Books of Seattle, Friends of the Timberland Library, San Francisco Street Bakery, Bagel Brothers, Olympia Eagle Club and Alpine Experience for your support and donations.