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Jasmine and Rachel - A Story of Hope, Encouragement, and Bonds

November 18 2022

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  Jasmine, a young girl from Montevallo, California, moved to Huntington Beach and started attending Westminster High School, searching for a fresh start. However, her troubles followed her wherever she went. Jasmine's mom was in and out of the house due to addiction. Although she did get sober, Jasmine was left alone to navigate life during the impressionable years. At 18, her mom told her that she needed to move out. With no one to help, Jasmine sought assistance within her new community of Orange County. Fortunately, she stumbled upon StandUp for Kids, seeking help with a place to stay. Jasmine, now a high school senior, reached out to StandUp for ...

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Isaac's Story

November 10 2022

StandUp for Kids - Orange County I left home at the age of 17, looking for a better life than living with my mom and stepfather, who verbally and physically abused me. Life on my own was not as easy as I thought it would be, but I felt I had no other choice. Eventually, I went to one of the few youth shelters in the city. The youth shelter was faith-based, and for a young gay guy this was not a good fit. I was soon back on the street, with more attempts at finding work and an apartment - both with intermittent brief successes and failures, but eventually leading me back to another try at the youth shelter. Again, it did not work. After some more time on the street, I decided to use the ...

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Darshell's story

November 10 2022

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  I was 15 when I got pregnant with twins. Their father, 21, was very abusive to me and he was cheating. When I was 8 months pregnant he pushed me out of the bed and I lost one of the twins and I had to have the other early. She was 4 pounds. My mom and I took care of her. For a year everything was great. Her dad was never in her life, and I never expected him to be after what happened. When I turned 17 Mom started dating Mike. He was talking about having sex with me and I didn’t want any part of that. I told my mom about it, but she was naive because she was in love. I found out about Job Corps and two weeks later I left. I got my GED and my ...

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Meet Creg Parks – Long Time Donor and Advocate of StandUp for Kids

November 3 2022

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  Creg Parks has been a donor at StandUp for Kids for over nine years, and we admire his dedication to our mission. He has been working in healthcare for about 30 years doing consulting. He now owns his own company, where he helps and assists doctors, hospitals, and health plans, and does a variety of things to make healthcare a better industry. Creg is also launching a new company called Aspire. Aspire consists of a new mental health toolkit, a healthcare toolkit, and healthcare networks for employers. He has a passion for helping others, which he has been able to live out through supporting StandUp for Kids. He recently moved to San Diego but had ...

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Meet Heaven!

October 14 2022

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Heaven is one of our current youths here at StandUp for Kids. We recently had the pleasure of hearing from her at our Gala. She was able to share her story and how she had been impacted specifically by her mentor, Leslie, who she has been working with for the past two years. Heaven’s story is extremely important to our organization and her story shows how valuable StandUp for Kids in its entirety is for youth all across the nation; especially in Orange County. What brought Heaven to StandUp for Kids was her situation: she was experiencing homelessness and needed help. Unfortunately, her parents were unable to help her, as they were going through their ...

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Gala Recap - We raised over $200,000!

October 11 2022

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  With an ambitious goal of raising $200,000 at our 5th annual Gala, we exceeded our goal by $3,000, totaling $203,000! Raising these funds would not have been possible without all our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests that attended the Gala on September 30th. Hosted at the beautiful Colony House in Anaheim, we celebrated the night at the inside and outdoor venue.  The silent auction offered various items, including sporting events, art and photography, jewelry and accessories, and luxury getaway packages. Our guests enjoyed a night of dancing, socializing, and coming together to support youth experiencing homelessness. Guest speakers from ...

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