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Salons offer free haircuts to homeless young adults

March 14 2023

Inside StandUp for Kids and Hair Proud’s A Cut Above initiative. by Eric BergerMarch 09, 2023 (Photo credit: Getty Images) For young adults, a haircut can help them fit in — even if they don’t have a stable place to stay, according to a leader of StandUp for Kids, a nonprofit that helps people under age 25 who are homeless. That’s why the organization recently teamed up with Hair Proud, a new haircare brand, to launch A Cut Above, an initiative to provide free haircuts to that population. “This saves not only money for a kid, but it also gives them a boost in their confidence, their self-esteem,” said Kelly Fields, who is executive director of the Atlanta ...

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From seeing the bigger picture to challenging the status quo, women are changing the world

March 8 2023

For Women's History Month, StandUp For Kids is putting the spotlight on Maya Moore, Deja Foxx, Jeannette Rankin and Jacki McKinney. Did you know that it wasn't until 1987 that the first "Women's History Month" was celebrated after the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress? From 1988 to 1994, Congress requested that we continue to designate March as this special month recognizing women, and in 1995, the President began to consistently acknowledge it every year. The world needs more fierce champions like Maya. It's inspiring anytime a star athlete steps away from the game to forge a new path helping others. Moore is best known as a 2x NCAA and 4x WNBA champion while ...

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StandUp for Kids Commits to "48 Hours on the Streets" Campaign to Help Homeless Youth

April 14 2022

Volunteers across the U.S. to meet homeless youth where they are, while raising awareness of the dangers typically faced in the first two days without shelter Atlanta, GA--(PRNewswire)--StandUp for Kids, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of youth homelessness, announced that its "48 Hours on the Streets" public service campaign - an annual event since its founding 31 years ago - will take place from April 22-24. StandUp for Kids hopes this call to action will elevate awareness of youth homelessness and the dangers typically faced in the first two days without shelter, which often include being approached by drug dealers and being lured into ...

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Welcoming Heather as DC's New Executive Director

July 26 2021

StandUp for Kids - Washington, DC Our Washington, DC program welcomed its new executive director this May. Taking over the reins from the incredible Josh Blum, Heather Holmes brings a wealth of experience and vision. This is the highest volunteer role one can have at the local level to help end the cycle of youth homelessness. We hope you will get to know Heather through in the following interview.   Editor: Heather, please tell us a little about yourself! Heather: Giving back to my community has always been very important to me and I have always looked for opportunities to do that. Greater DC Cares was my first, big introduction to volunteer opportunities here in the DC area. I ...

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StandUp for Kids’ “48 Hours on the Streets” Campaign Calls the Nation to Action for Homeless Youth

April 8 2021

DECATUR, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After a break in 2020 because of COVID-19, StandUp for Kids (StandUp) announced that its 30th annual “48 Hours on the Streets” public service campaign will take place the last full weekend in April. A national non-profit youth advocacy and outreach organization, StandUp hopes this call to action will elevate awareness of youth homelessness and the dangers typically faced in the first two days without shelter, as well as increase volunteers and donations. As Greg Smith, StandUp for Kids former National Executive Director, explained, “Within the first 48 hours on the streets, a teen is approached by someone soliciting drugs, and one in three ...

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Female Leaders at the Helm as StandUp for Kids Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 30 2021

DECATUR, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StandUp for Kids (StandUp) is proud to celebrate the vital role women play in American history by announcing an all-female executive committee. This change in leadership advances its mission, bringing diversity, different perspectives and strong backgrounds to its Board, and represents what is culturally needed today. “We represent our kids more today than we did before. This will be instrumental in helping StandUp end youth homelessness,” said Greg Smith, former National Executive Director. He added, “This is the first time in our 30-year history that not only do we have a woman leading the Board, but the entire executive committee is ...

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