November 8 2018
November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in 2007. Since then, November has been a time to acknowledge those children and families experiencing homelessness. As many as 2.5 million youth per year experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many homeless youth are also victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.San Diego ...Read More
June 22 2018
StandUp For Kids - San Diego has scheduled our next volunteer training.
Saturday July 7, 20181:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Our drop in center is open 6 nights a week (Sunday – Friday)
If you are available on one of those nights (weekly) from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., we would love to have you as a volunteer.
You must be 18 years old to volunteer.
Additionally you'll be filling out paperwork for a background check as we are working with at risk youth. The BI check and t-shirt is $20 and we accept cash or check. Please make out checks to StandUp For Kids. For cash, please have exact change as we do not carry cash at the center.
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January 25 2018
A year of highlights from Eddy Ameen, PhD, National Board Chair
Your support and involvement in our mission has helped make 2017 a standout year for StandUp For Kids.
Our central responsibility is to our nation’s young people faced with homelessness, whether temporary or longer term. No matter the circumstances that got them there. No matter the work that needs to be done to help them transition them into safe, stable chapters of their lives. We are deeply humbled by this responsibility, and held fiercely to it through the political tumult of 2017. When some of our youth felt unwelcome, we stood taller to welcome them.
In 2017, we worked with over 2,200 youth for the first ...Read More
December 15 2017
Angel is a beautiful 20-year-old with three babies and quite a story – one with a happy ending, we hope, although the journey is just getting started.
Angel (not her real name) had a hard beginning. She was molested at 12 by her mother's boyfriend. Shortly after that, she was raped by a 25-year-old family member. Her mother was not available much due to issues with drugs.
Not surprisingly, Angel smoked and partied until she was 16. She then slowed down to give birth to the first of three beautiful girls. Shortly thereafter, Angel, the baby, and Angel's mother left their city, and an abusive relationship, to start a new life in Tijuana, Mexico.
Angel met and fell in love with the ...Read More
October 13 2017
I was about 15 or 16 years old when I first heard about StandUp For Kids. A few friends I was hanging out with introduced it to me. I’ve been coming to the StandUp For Kids Outreach Center for almost seven years now and they have helped me since day one. I wasn’t really doing much when I first started coming to the Center. I had dropped out of high school and was just hanging around. My mother and younger sister were living in a car outside my uncle’s house and I was just wandering around not doing anything. I told StandUp about my situation and they weren’t judgmental and did not make me feel worse. They encouraged me to go back to ...Read More
June 9 2017
Why "48 Hours"?
The first 48 hours a kid is out on the streets are crucial. They are the most vulnerable, scared, alone and often victims of crime or assault. Our goal with every 48 Hours event is to promote awareness and also help as many kids as we can for 48 consecutive hours.
The 48 hour weekend began Friday, April 28, 2017 and ran until Sunday, April 30, 2017. Our goal was to extend operational hours and services and bring more awareness to the community about youth homelessness in San Diego.
We had the opportunity for our street kids to become “kids” with fun excursions to Belmont Park and the giant roller coaster, Camp Land By the Bay (beach side ...Read More