In the tapestry of StandUp for Kids’ remarkable story, Justine Palmore stands as a beacon of unwavering dedication, weaving threads of hope and resilience for the past 18 years. From her roots as an intern with a dream to change the world, Justine’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.
In 2006, fueled by a passion for aiding troubled youth, Justine embarked on her mission while juggling the demands of motherhood, a full-time job, and pursuing her bachelor’s in Human Services. Her commitment saw the establishment of an outreach team in Irvine, a pivotal move that set the stage for SUFK’s transformative growth.
From humble beginnings operating out of her home to the establishment of the first volunteer-based outreach center in 2014, Justine’s vision propelled SUFK from a team of two to a dynamic force of 13 staff members and 100 volunteers. The organization’s reach expanded, reaching high schools and establishing multiple centers across Orange County.
In the face of the unprecedented challenges of 2020, Justine and her team demonstrated unparalleled resilience. When schools closed due to the pandemic, they swiftly adapted, introducing a weekly food delivery program that continues to make a difference today.
Justine’s connection with her team and the youth they serve is palpable. Viewing them as an extended family, she reflects on their stories of success and perseverance. Beyond day-to-day challenges, Justine is now collaborating with the national organization to expand into Oceanside territory, contemplating new outreaches and potential offices.
Her commitment to saving lives from the clutches of depression, suicide, trafficking, and overdosing is a testament to her unwavering dedication. As SUFK Orange County expresses gratitude for Justine’s leadership, both the youth and staff share a heartfelt admiration for the woman who turned a childhood dream into a life-changing reality. Justine’s legacy is not just in the programs and offices, but in the lives rebuilt, the families strengthened, and the genuine relationships fostered over the journey of the last 18 years.