StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley was launched in 2008 with our mentoring program and in 2013 we opened our Outreach Center and launched our Street Outreach program. The Silicon Valley chapter operates the following core programs:
Our Outreach Center, The Village, is located in downtown San Jose and is very accessible to the youth in the area. We are open 5 times a week with the purpose of The Village is to provide a safe place for kids to feel welcome, escape the dangers of the streets and find support.
Our center based mentoring program offers creation of individual life plans to help each kid meet their specific personal goals for a fulfilled, sustained, and independent future off the streets, including education support, job training, job search skills and whatever else our kids need to be successful.
Street outreach goes out once a month canvassing the streets in search of homeless youth and letting them know that there are caring adults (and a safe place, The Village) who are concerned about their well-being and want to see them safe and successful. We handout supplies and hope to see them again at our outreach center.
Our housing support enables us to work 1:1 with youth to assist them in finding a place off the streets, such as renting a room, apartment or into a housing program. We stay by their side through the whole process, establishing the skills to maintain a home and through their first year and a half to ensure they are self-sufficient for a life of independence.
Youth homelessness rates are on the rise. All of our programs have the overall goal of leading homeless youth to self-sufficiency and a life off the streets. Through an array of resources and services to help homeless youth on their journey, our outreach center provides them a safe haven, "a home" for youth who do not currently have one.
Even during a pandemic StandUp for Kids – Silicon Valley was able to keep their outreach center open, providing a safe haven serving over 1,000 youth (meals) with 32 of them being with us for the first time, and our volunteers logged more than 4,200 hours in 2020.
Over our 6 years of operating our outreach center, the Silicon Valley chapter has serviced thousands of youth. We do this with our strong volunteer group, our supportive community and through individual’s caring enough to make a difference. Your donated time, resources, and money in support of our mission has made us stronger than ever.
Thank you for your continued support of StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley!