Blog - Orange County

The Story of Chief

September 22 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  The past year has been a difficult time filled with its fair share of uncertainties and unease. It is especially the case for much homeless youth, who face additional challenges. While the pandemic had put a pause on many things, life went on for homeless teens and young adults who had to press on, unsure of what their next meal would be and where they would sleep for the night. The stories of many youths are not very different from Chief.  Homelessness has always been a big part of Chief's life, even spanning as far back as his childhood. For some time, while Chief was going to school, he was homeless along with his family. It was an ...

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September 2021 Supporter Spotlight: Billy Huynh

September 22 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  When children are young, they dream of being doctors, firefighters, or even astronauts. However, for Billy Huynh, his dream of telling a compelling story started in middle school. Billy is a writer in our communications department. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton in the Spring of 2020 with a journalism degree and has worked endlessly on providing Stand Up For Kids - Orange County with the best writing pieces for our website. Billy first became involved with StandUp For Kids - Orange County in the fall of 2020, interning in the journalism, video, and podcast committee. Billy wrote many stories that we used on our web blog, social ...

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Success Is Where Preparation and Opportunity Meet

September 3 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  Back in September 2020, we shared how StandUp for Kids, in collaboration with the county of Orange, made a groundbreaking move in the way we serve youth experiencing homelessness in Orange County. Through the tireless efforts of the Director of Program and Business Operations, Carlia Oldfather, and county staff, we have found a way to help our youth further. You can read more about this collaborative effort and how it relates to Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) here. (Coordinated Entry – A New Focus On Our Homeless Youth in Orange County | StandUp For Kids). We are back to provide you with fantastic news! StandUp for Kids continues to serve the ...

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Dina and Her Journey

August 19 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  As Dina approaches the end of her time in high school, she can't help but reflect on a journey that has seen her overcome so much. To her admittance, the eighteen-year-old StandUp for Kids - Orange County youth who lives doubled up in an apartment, has undoubtedly taken an unconventional path to get to her current point. Up until high school, Dina lived an everyday life as a first-generation American and the oldest sibling of four children. However, her life and academic trajectory would be upended by a confounding illness that would give Dina headaches and severely weaken her ability to use her arms and legs. The severity and significance of this ...

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August 2021 Supporter Spotlight: Erin Jeon

August 17 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  The glamorous world of celebrities and social media influencers may seem far from a nonprofit that strives to end youth homelessness. Still, these two worlds can and do connect - in our case, thanks to the tireless efforts of our 17-year-old volunteer, Erin, who attends University High School in Irvine. Erin first heard about StandUp for Kids in April 2020 through United Way, a nonprofit she had been involved in at school. Erin initially considered volunteering as a youth mentor. Still, her interest in Public Relations and Marketing led her to join the marketing committee and then the Celebrity and Influencer Public Relations team, which she now ...

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July 2021 Supporter Spotlight: Kaaviya Sasikumar

July 29 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  StandUp for Kids - Orange County is comprised of volunteers, donors, and staff who all dedicate their time to helping disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Without their commitment, StandUp for Kids wouldn’t be able to support our youth each day with mentorship and developmental resources. With the current economic, political, and health concerns for youth and so many others, these contributions have never been more impactful or meaningful. This month we recognize the work and contributions of Kaaviya Sasikumar, a volunteer at StandUp for Kids - Orange County. Kaaviya, far left, with youth in the program Kaaviya first became involved with StandUp for ...

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