October 16 2017
Volunteers, staff, youth representatives, and board members from all across the U.S. gathered in Tucson for our national conference October 6-8, 2017. The conference theme was "Raising A.R.I.Z.O.N.A." for Awareness, Respect, Inspiration, Zero Stigma, Ongoing Support, National Concern, and Attention to the Plight of our Youth. The Tucson program hosted the conference. With input from the Executive Director Advisory Council, the conference featured some tremendous sessions, not only to share best practices and do hands-on outreach, but also to focus on raising leadership capacities and technical skills to meet the complex mental health needs of our youth.
An annual tradition at our ...Read More
September 24 2017
Congratulations to Michele Huntzinger, Executive Director of StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley, for winning the San Francisco Giants’ Isabelle Lemon Community Spirit Award!
"It was a big week for Michele Huntzinger. The San Jose resident and executive director of StandUp for Kids-Silicon Valley was honored as the winner of the San Francisco Giants’ Isabelle Lemon Community Spirit Award on Tuesday during a pre-game ceremony at AT&T Park. The award recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies the commitment to community service and “can-do” spirit of Lemon, a Giants Community Fund board member and former promotions manager for ...Read More
September 21 2017
"They are here to help with our personal needs, school needs, and to guide us when we have don't have anybody on our side."
September 20 2017
By Maureen McPadden
Here in Denver, Colorado, we do street outreach most Tuesdays year round. We go out and connect with youth, catch up, and provide needed gear and supplies, shoulders to lean on, and hearts to listen. We provide healthy, 3-4 course dinners every single Sunday of every week, rain, snow, or shine. We are 100%-street based, so we go wherever youth are, with no inside facility or gathering place and no "Plan B" when it comes to providing our services. Our amazing donors sign up months in advance to provide these meals.
I have been with the Denver program of StandUp For Kids for six years, and executive director for four of those. My daughter, Rheala Melesio, is ...Read More
December 4 2017
This post is being updated regularly since appearing September 6.
"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much" - Marian Wright Edelman
SInce 1990, our work has been about supporting any unaccompanied young person under the stars who experiences homelessness.
We were "low-barrier" before it was a phrase, affirming and celebrating youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities, colors, ancestries, abilities, languages, citizenships, and nationalities. We do not believe any youth is illegal. We do not believe any youth is "the problem."
Practicing radical acceptance, we believe in the potential of every ...Read More
September 1 2017
We have compiled information about our services, impact, and supporters for the 2016 fiscal year, and assembled it into our 2016 Annual Report. We hope you'll check it out. We could not do the work we do without people like you.