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Looking Back on 30 Years: Grover's Story

February 13 2020

Throughout the history of StandUp for Kids there exist numerous stories of homeless youth overcoming the barrier to success with the help of guidance and mentorship. One of those stories is that of Grover’s who first came into contact with StandUp for Kids in 1999. Life prior to reaching out to StandUp for Kids was cyclical for Grover. Each day was an exercise in futility with an emphasis on making it through the day in one piece. “Panhandle most of the day away for food and alcohol. Find a doorway to sleep in or a bridge to sleep under. Wash, rinse, repeat.” The moment of realization that a change was necessary for Grover came when he was arrested and placed into ...

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Adults Don’t Get Uncomfortable. Everybody Does.

February 11 2020

Courtney LopezStandUp for Kids - Orange County Wednesday, December 18, at 4 p.m. I have no idea what to expect. I keep thinking, "Should I go?" "I won't know what to do." "Why am I so nervous? They're only youth." Youth. 12 to 18 years old. I'm a first-time intern. I don't know what I'm doing, what is expected of me. I'm just trying to graduate and to do some good with my graduation requirement. When my boss mentioned the center in Anaheim, he described 12 to 18-year-olds, getting mentored and doing their homework, and a healthy dinner would be provided, so I knew I had to go. No, not just for the dinner. I'm a broke college kid, the dinner was a good incentive. I knew that just going a ...

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Looking Back on 30 Years: September 2013 - Opening of the first Anaheim Outreach Center

February 11 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County  This year, StandUp for Kids is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This local non-profit has been able to provide services for an often-overlooked demographic in the issue of homelessness, the youth. The StandUp for Kids - Orange County chapter has been up and running for over half of the organization’s trajectory. Since 2003, StandUp for Kids - OC has been a champion for leading homeless youth to an independent lifestyle and preventing at-risk youth from gang involvement, teen pregnancy, high school drop-out rates. For the past 17 years in Orange County, StandUp for Kids has been able to do street outreach in order to provide resources for ...

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2019 Year in Review

February 6 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County This is an exciting time at StandUp for Kids as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. While the organization has evolved over the years, our mission has remained consistent: to end the cycle of youth homelessness, one life at a time. Thank you to our wonderful board, staff, interns, volunteers, donors and community partners whose dedicated work improves the lives of our youth and also prepares them for a better future. We appreciate every single gift and act of kindness. Our 2019 Impact During 2019, we served over 400 youth providing nearly 10,000 instances of support. We were able to provide housing to 85 youth and maintained an 85% success rate moving our ...

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Kia Calls For Nationwide Blitz Against Youth Homelessness In Super Bowl Campaign

January 29 2020

News provided by Kia Motors America Kia Teams with Standout Rookie Running Back Josh Jacobs in 60-Second Spot Focused on Overcoming Adversity and Achieving the Impossible Dream Jacobs - who experienced homelessness growing up - gives his "younger self" valuable encouragement and advice For every yard gained during the big game, Kia's "Yards Against Homelessness" initiative will donate $1,000 to three charity partners dedicated to ending the issue of youth homelessness IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- What would you tell a younger you trying to make your way through the world? For Josh Jacobs, who rose from homelessness in middle school to football stardom, it is an inspiring ...

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Kia Chooses StandUp for Kids for Big Game Campaign

January 27 2020

Kia Motors America has announced that their Big Game commercial this Sunday will address youth homelessness. What's more, the company has decided to give a major donation to StandUp for Kids and two other organizations caring for homeless youth in America! According to Kia, "This year, with more than 4.2 million young people experiencing homelessness in the U.S., the car company known to 'Give It Everything' will use its big game advertising platform to give back in a meaningful way. For every yard gained during the game, Kia will donate $1,000 to three charity partners dedicated to ending the issue of youth homelessness and transforming the lives of young people in ...

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