Blog - National

Volunteer Uses His Sub Shop To Serve Free Lunches During School Closure

March 19 2020

Zero's Subs Schools across Virginia will be closed for at least the next two weeks. Because many students get at least one meal at school, many people are left wondering: what are they going to do? The owner of a Virginia Beach restaurant is stepping up to the plate. Mark Stevens owns Zero’s Subs near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and his restaurant is within walking distance of Cooke Elementary School. When he heard about schools closing, he knew he had to help. “Right now, we’re making lunches, bagged lunches, for the kids that do not have food to eat,” Stevens said. “I had a concern about where these kids are going to find their next lunch because ...

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Meet our New National Executive Director and Board Leaders

March 8 2020

The StandUp for Kids board of directors emerged from its February 21st meeting in Houston with exciting news: It named a national executive director and new board leaders. The board promoted Greg Smith, director of operations, to national executive director, affirming that Greg has brought incredible value to the organization in a short amount time and built tremendous relationships with staff and volunteers across locations. Board chair Bob Peters said, "Greg has the ability to manage a great number of projects, represent the organization well with national partners and help us usher in a culture of continuous quality improvement to better serve our youth." Outgoing co-chair Eddy Ameen ...

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An “Amazing Chance” for New Board Member

February 13 2020

StandUp for Kids is pleased to announce the addition of Laura Ann Smith to its volunteer Board of Directors. Laura Ann is a legal executive with considerable experience in working with boards of directors and management teams and advising on matters related to corporate governance, securities law, financing transactions, and sustainability. Laura Ann is currently Vice President, Assistant General Counsel – Corporate & Securities Law and Assistant Secretary of Tailored Brands Inc. She also serves as Vice Chairman of the Corporate and Securities Law Network of the Association of Corporate Counsel. What drew Laura Ann, in part, to StandUp for Kids was our service and commitment 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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Duckie's Story and Denver Spotlights

January 31 2020

StandUp for Kids - Denver  Yes, we are small, but we are mighty for sure and as the “Starfish story” (see below) goes...even if it’s just ONE, we’ve made a difference to THAT ONE...and sometimes that ONE has to be enough.  How can it not be? If it were YOUR son or daughter, it would be enough for YOU. We have gotten the opportunity recently to step into the life of an 18-year-old named Angelique (who goes by Duckie. Read her story in her own words below) — ONLY because of the unwavering support from our donors, friends and supporters are we able to do any of what we do not only for her but for all the others out there that we love and try to make a ...

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Kia Calls For Nationwide Blitz Against Youth Homelessness In Super Bowl Campaign

January 29 2020

News provided by Kia Motors America Kia Teams with Standout Rookie Running Back Josh Jacobs in 60-Second Spot Focused on Overcoming Adversity and Achieving the Impossible Dream Jacobs - who experienced homelessness growing up - gives his "younger self" valuable encouragement and advice For every yard gained during the big game, Kia's "Yards Against Homelessness" initiative will donate $1,000 to three charity partners dedicated to ending the issue of youth homelessness IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- What would you tell a younger you trying to make your way through the world? For Josh Jacobs, who rose from homelessness in middle school to football stardom, it is an inspiring ...

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