Blog - Orange County

March 2020 Supporter Spotlight: Stephanie Schneider

March 12 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Each day, at-risk youth throughout various StandUp for Kids chapters are receiving the necessary mentoring and guidance needed for a successful transition into adulthood. The work that StandUp for Kids accomplishes daily would not be possible if not for the efforts of its donors, community partners and volunteers. For this month, StandUp for Kids would like to highlight the work of Dr. Stephanie Schneider with the honor of Supporter of the Month for March 2020. Stephanie serves as an advisory board member for StandUp for Kids. After a long-distinguished career in education working at the Orange County ...

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Looking Back on 30 Years: Jennifer's Story

March 10 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  Like many who have come to StandUp for Kids, Jennifer Aubrey's story is one of perseverance and inner strength. Jennifer was faced with various challenges growing up amidst an unstable home environment that left her emotionally unsupported.  When things became untenable at home, Jennifer saw it necessary to move out, but would soon find herself without a home after plans had fallen through. After exhausting nearly every option, Jennifer found StandUp for Kids.   “I had nowhere to go because going back to my mom's house was not an ...

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February 2020 Volunteer Spotlight: Ted Lundholm

February 18 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County StandUp for Kids is a non-profit that relies heavily on volunteers to support the mission to end the cycle of youth homelessness. We sincerely thank everyone who has volunteered and continues to work with us to help our youth. To that end, we want to put our volunteer spotlight this month on Ted Lundholm. Ted has been a volunteer with StandUp for Kids for two years. He came to us through word of mouth and has shown that he is here to help whenever he is needed. Ted started volunteering as a mentor at our previous Fullerton site and eventually ran that site mostly on his own until we moved that programming to Anaheim. Ted has always had a heart for helping ...

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February 2020 Donor Spotlight: Shadi Shaffer

February 18 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  Every day at StandUp for Kids, countless homeless and at-risk youth are taken under our wing. In transitioning them from crisis to connection, our efforts are entirely made possible by the support of our donors, community partners and volunteers alike. This month, we would like to showcase the efforts of a long-time donor, volunteer and advisory board member of ten years, Shadi A. Shaffer, and congratulate her with our Donor Spotlight for February 2020. Over ten years ago, Shadi A. Shaffer was introduced to Justine Palmore, Executive Director of StandUp for Kids, by an associate attorney, Daniel Alexander, who provided legal services and assistance to ...

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Looking Back on 30 Years: Grover's Story

February 13 2020

Throughout the history of StandUp for Kids there exist numerous stories of homeless youth overcoming the barrier to success with the help of guidance and mentorship. One of those stories is that of Grover’s who first came into contact with StandUp for Kids in 1999. Life prior to reaching out to StandUp for Kids was cyclical for Grover. Each day was an exercise in futility with an emphasis on making it through the day in one piece. “Panhandle most of the day away for food and alcohol. Find a doorway to sleep in or a bridge to sleep under. Wash, rinse, repeat.” The moment of realization that a change was necessary for Grover came when he was arrested and placed into ...

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Adults Don’t Get Uncomfortable. Everybody Does.

February 11 2020

Courtney LopezStandUp for Kids - Orange County Wednesday, December 18, at 4 p.m. I have no idea what to expect. I keep thinking, "Should I go?" "I won't know what to do." "Why am I so nervous? They're only youth." Youth. 12 to 18 years old. I'm a first-time intern. I don't know what I'm doing, what is expected of me. I'm just trying to graduate and to do some good with my graduation requirement. When my boss mentioned the center in Anaheim, he described 12 to 18-year-olds, getting mentored and doing their homework, and a healthy dinner would be provided, so I knew I had to go. No, not just for the dinner. I'm a broke college kid, the dinner was a good incentive. I knew that just going a ...

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