Blog - National

January is National Mentoring Month

January 22 2020

StandUp for Kids - National The arrival of the month of January brings with it a renewed focus on youth guidance and mentorship. Since its inception in 2002, National Mentoring Month is held each January highlighting the work that non-profit organizations like StandUp for Kids does for at risk youth across the United States.   First founded in 1990 by volunteers in San Diego, StandUp for Kids was formed seeking to provide a support system for homeless or at-risk youth and to end the cycle of youth homelessness. Today, it is a national non-profit charity that works closely with thousands of homeless youth across the ...

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Meet Brian

January 22 2020

StandUp for Kids - National  Few stories are as emblematic of StandUp for Kids desire to positively impact the lives of homeless youth than that of Brian Haslip’s. Brian’s first interaction with StandUp for Kids came in 1995 when he was 15-years- old living on the streets of San Diego. Brian had come to California from Arkansas to live with his mother, but now found himself without a home.   Volunteers from the local StandUp for Kids chapter came into contact with Brian and supplied him with food and hygiene products. StandUp for Kids also provided Brian with a means to contact his father. This was the ...

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January 7 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County The end of 2019 marked another year in which StandUp for Kids was able to provide guidance and relief for homeless youth through providing resources and mentorship. Alabama was one of these individuals, who despite being dealt several obstacles, still managed to better her life and develop new skills that equip her for the challenges that come her way. Alabama's lengthy emotional journey of perseverance is atypical of someone of her young age. Originally from Tennessee, she sought an escape from an unstable home situation that featured parental drug use and moved to California. Her troubles would persist, however as the housing situation she found herself ...

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Maria Raquel Thomas is Our First Youth Ambassador

December 3 2019

  Maria “Ria” Raquel Thomas, a 13-year-old entrepreneur, Youtuber and philanthropist, has been appointed our first National Youth Ambassador. Once appointed, Ria said, "I am very honored to be appointed as a youth ambassador for StandUp for Kids. The organization is about helping homeless kids get off the street and get into programs that will help them better themselves. My goal is to spread the word to other young people about youth homelessness and what StandUp for Kids is doing to address this concern.” Ria is the owner of Ria's Slime Shop, an online store for tweens and teens who love slime. She makes the product because it is fun to play with and it helps calm ...

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See you in San Antonio

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 ...

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StandUp for Kids Appoints New National Development Director

August 28 2019

Colleen O’Neill joins StandUp for Kids with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management and high-level development, community building and long-term partnership cultivation. Colleen also a has a strong personal tie to the mission, from childhood through working with high-risk youth. CHICAGO, IL – August 9, 2019 – StandUp for Kids is pleased to announce the hiring of Colleen O’Neill as National Development Director. Based in Chicago, Colleen brings more than twenty years of high-level fundraising, business development, and strategic planning experience, with proven growth of both grassroots and national organizations. With her strong ...

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