StandUp for Kids – Orange County was launched in 2003 with a single focus: To end the cycle of youth homelessness in our community. We work to provide basic needs, housing, mentoring support, care, and love to at-risk and homeless youth ages 12-24. View our Programs page to learn how we are continuing to grow in the scope and quality of care we provide to our youth. Because of your support here is what we accomplished in 2022.
How Big is the Youth Homelessness Problem in Orange County?
There are an estimated 27,000 homeless and housing insecure youth between 12-24 in Orange County. These youth are at risk of falling victim to gang violence, substance abuse, human trafficking, disease and hunger. Our goal is to reach them before they reach the point of no return. In 2022, 99% of the youth we housed transitioned from crisis to self-sufficiency. Youth with stories similar to Johanna.
We give our youth a sense of safety, hope and belonging:
Safety through our street outreach program that brings kids in from the cold.
Hope through our one-stop centers where together we create blueprints for success and provide referral services.
Belonging through relationships with trusted, caring adults who provide mentoring and life skills training, emotional and social support.
How Can I Help?
- Champions For Youth: Become a member of our cherished monthly giving community.
- Event Participation: Find an easy and fun way to participate.
- Host a Food and Supply Drive: Review our food pantry needs here.
- Donate Gift Cards: For grocery stores, department stores, food, etc.
- Volunteer: There are many roles, both physical and virtual, for many skillsets.
- Share: Link our team and our mission to others who may be able to help.
StandUp for Kids – Orange County is stronger than ever because you, and other generous supporters just like you, donate time, resources, and talent to support our important mission. Thank you for your faithful support of the at-risk and homeless youth in our local communities!
If you’re able to help please reach out to Justine Palmore at [email protected].