Blog - Orange County

RJ: Only Looking Up

October 14 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County RJ in his new home RJ was taken from his birth mother and placed into foster care at a young age. Although he was adopted by two parents with other adopted siblings, it was not a loving environment to grow up in – his home never felt like a home, and feelings of isolation and loneliness were pervasive. At 17, RJ was failing his senior year of high school; so he left Arizona for California. He put himself back into high school in Huntington Beach, determined to push through to achieve his high school diploma. He lived with a friend while attending high school; but it wasn’t a good place for him, and as his substance abuse worsened, he resorted to ...

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September 2020 Supporter Spotlight: Valerie - A Ray of Sunshine

September 23 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Not all heroes wear capes. A phrase that we have all heard before, but it rings true especially for Valerie. There are many people in the world struggling with drug abuse, homelessness, addiction, and family problems. Organizations such as StandUp for Kids have been created to provide help and support for these people, and have made a huge impact. These organizations are able to be impactful because of the people that support and volunteer every week. Volunteers serve as the backbone that holds up the organizations. Every person plays a vital role in making a change, and one prime example is Valerie, our September Supporter of the Month. Valerie ...

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Quietly Stepping into the Light - Natzumy

September 11 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County If someone were to hit shuffle on Natzumy’s music library they’d be equally as likely to land on a Disney show tune or a true crime podcast – but you’d never guess it on first meeting her! Fourteen-year-old Natzumy is shy, but not as shy as she used to be.  Natzumy recalls that she was incredibly nervous for her very first after school meeting that she attended at StandUp for Kids because it was an unknown new place with new people, both of which make her anxious. But when her friend Michelle introduced her to the volunteers, this anxiety was replaced with comfort. “I felt safe with StandUp for Kids,” Natzumy ...

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Coordinated Entry – A New Focus On Our Homeless Youth in Orange County

September 11 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Prioritization is a big factor when it comes to placing the homeless population into shelters. The Coordinated Entry System (CES) is a network that allows for communities to help individuals and their families fix their housing crises. It is essentially a list of people that are experiencing homelessness filtered and prioritized into specific community standards. The CES is regulated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Orange County coordinates through CES at a county level between available housing and pressing needs. Need is then defined by many factors; The goal is to funnel the support services in Orange County to help ...

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Standing With the Schools In Orange County

August 14 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County As the new school year approaches, many people have questions on how schools and families are going to react to the changes COVID-19 has made. The USA currently has the highest number of infections and deaths and the trajectory of the pandemic is uncertain. There are numerous hot spots in the country and within California. The CDC continues to strongly encourage people to social distance and wear masks. Our Executive Director Justine Palmore is strong and steadfast in her resolve to be there when our youth need us. “Families and students are going to struggle to adjust to the new online school year but StandUp for Kids will always do everything in our ...

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August 2020 Supporter Spotlight: Abe Neudorf & Skyline Consultants

August 14 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Abe Neudorf is the 25-year-old co-founder of Skyline Consultants. Abe grew up in Rochester, New Hampshire with six younger siblings all of which were homeschooled. Abe’s love for children and working to improve their lives started in his very own household. In 2004 Abe’s family bought a small business and grew it 3 to 4 times its original standing. Through this experience, Abe learned how to function and expand an organization. “Being homeschooled allowed me to spend a lot of my time working with my family and the business and learning how businesses work, learning how organizations work...and really what it takes to grow them.” In ...

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