Our ongoing mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness. We serve unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth from 12 to the 25th birthday. The foundation of our work is based around the national organization’s pillars of support (Street Outreach, Outreach Centers, Mentoring, and Housing) as defined here. However, each chapter is given the flexibility to address local issues nimbly and specific to the needs of the local communities they serve.
The Orange County chapter accomplishes this through two main programs, Roadmap to Success (RMTS) and Journey to Self-Sufficiency (JTS), supported by ancillary programs addressing the unique needs of this population. Access to our ancillary programs is available to all youth enrolled in our programs.
Roadmap to Success (RMTS)
The RMTS program is an in-school or after-school program focused on supporting school-aged students, ages 12 to 18, who are at-risk of experiencing homelessness or identified under the McKinney-Vento Act in the county’s school system. Learn More.
Journey to Self-Sufficiency (JTS)
The JTS program is a 5 Stage mentoring program targeted to helping young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, who are experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness by equipping them with the tools, skills and support system they need to thrive. Learn More.
| “I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for you, you know that right?”… “You saved my life”~ Anonymous|
“StandUp for Kids has helped me tremendously. I don’t know where I would be right now if it were not for StandUp for Kids.”~ Jasmine A.
“I feel more positive and I just feel better. I’m super thankful and happy to be in this program.” ~Chief
“StandUp for Kids has impacted my life by making me feel more welcome and giving me a support team.” ~Alabama
Our Outreach Center provides youth with Safety bringing them in from the cold. Our one-stop centers give Hope, as together, we create blueprints for success and offer referral services. Youth have a sense of Belonging through relationships with trusted, caring adults who provide mentoring, life skills training, and emotional and social support. Learn More.
Street & Community Outreach
Five Days a week, our Street & Community outreach team connects with youth experiencing homelessness in Orange County. We build meaningful relationships and trust while providing street-based engagement and survival resources. Learn More.
The WeDeliver program is a food and supply delivery program that every single one of our youth can access to help them get the nutrition and basic needs they need to effectively focus on a healthy and safe future. Learn More.
StandUp for Kids – Orange County is a housing first provider. Our goal is finding stable housing for youth as a critical step to reducing crises and as an essential springboard for accessing additional support. Learn More.
Leadership, Employment, Education, Vocational Training & Entrepreneurship
Meaningful employment is crucial for helping young people succeed and build independence. We give them the support, resources, and training they need to meet their goals. Learn More.
The OC Colleges Project
The OC Colleges Project is a program geared to support college students between the ages of 18 to 24 who are housing insecure or experiencing homelessness in the county. Learn More.
StandUp for Kids – Orange County utilizes the HMIS database to track and report services provided to clients receiving assistance in our Rapid Rehousing Programs.
Please click below to learn more about these reporting practices and your privacy rights.