Blog - Silicon Valley

The Power of Hugs! The Power of Jeannette!

April 23 2021

StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley  Dr. King once stated, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” This question is what drives StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley’s  volunteer, Jeannette Weederman, to give back every day. Growing up in East Germany, before the wall came down, Jeannette learned the importance of community and helping others from a young age. She  began working with underprivileged kids while still in Germany and continued her work when she moved to the United States by volunteering at schools. About 5 years ago Jeannette was looking to do more and she came across StandUp for Kids, “it ...

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The Importance and Challenges of Donation Drives For Homeless Youth During The Pandemic

April 1 2021

StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley Although so many things were different last year, one thing was not... Homeless Youth Need Support!  StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley (#SUFKSV) is completely self-funded and therefore relies on the generosity of our community. Due to the pandemic, our monetary donations were down as we weren't able to have our regular fundraisers or our popular Charity Dinner. But that didn’t discourage us! We restlessly tried to bring in money to continue our fight to #endyouthhomelessness and keep our doors of our Outreach Center “The Village” open to one of the most vulnerable and often overlooked groups: Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. For many ...

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We are Inclusive, Diverse and Welcoming. The Village, a Safe Place for ALL!

March 31 2021

StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV) is a day we celebrate transgender and gender nonconforming people among us, raise awareness about the struggles they face, and recognize their resilience and accomplishments.  We empower you, celebrate you and Stand Up for you, not only this day, but every day. Thank you Kaine for sharing your story with us and being a part of the StandUp for Kids family in Silicon Valley. Kaine and Mario still both remember the first day they met back in November 2016. It was “Guy’s Day” at The Village, and Kaine ventured into the doors of the outreach center. Mario greeted him, but let him know today there was ...

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Looking back at 2020 - A Different Kind of Year

March 18 2021

StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley  Over the past 6 years, StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley has faced many challenges in order to support local homeless youth such as: being evicted right after Thanksgiving in 2019, finding a new location for the Outreach Center, The Village in San Jose, recruiting new volunteers, and constantly raising funds as a nonprofit organization to pay for rent and the services we provide. But never was there a year like 2020, a truly historic year in so many different ways. With more vaccine doses on the way and 2020 behind us, we want to review the importance, successes, growth, and challenges StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley faced last year. First of ...

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COVID-19 & the Impact on California’s Homeless Youth

February 23 2021

StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley Homeless youth are an already under resourced population & with COVID-19, their ability to pave a path forward has become hamstrung, as evidenced in the September 2020 survey of 312 unaccompanied homeless youth, ages 15-25, across California by the California Coalition for Youth (Source: California Coalition for Youth 2021 Homeless Youth Survey Infographic) COVID-19 has compounded the typical concerns of homeless youth with changes in employment, housing, & education.  32% of those surveyed had 3 or more different sleeping locations in the last week. Access to basic needs has become more arduous, with 66% of those surveyed indicating that ...

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Eugene Torres: Hero Volunteer

February 10 2021

StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley Hakuna Matata. We all recognize this Swahili phrase, but have you ever met someone who truly embraces & lives its message? Meet Eugene, our self-proclaimed "old soul" volunteer, who is so humble, that when asked how long he's been with us, he said, "I'm not sure, I don't track or care about those kinds of things." We can confirm he's been a fixture since his college days. Eugene's drive "to escalate [moving] kids off the streets & into stable housing, & elevating them a foundation" was born out of his strong family ties. They surrounded him with the love, support, & structure that a kid needs to thrive. He says he's one of ...

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