Washington D.C.

Welcome to StandUp for Kids – Washington DC!

Since 2000, StandUp for Kids has empowered youth up to age 25 who are without homes or at-risk for homelessness in the Washington, DC area. As a small, passionate, all-volunteer organization, we use a combination of StandUp for Kids national activities and collaborations with local organizations to provide our youth with the most effective tools and resources for success.

Services Provided

  • Mentoring: help youth complete education, gain employment, sustainable housing, improve life skills, and secure vital documents
  • Street Outreach: volunteers work in pairs and/or small groups to connect with DC youth every Monday evenings from 6-7pm. We meet at the Portrait Gallery G St steps.
  • Resource Guide: Need help or know someone who needs help? Check out our resources and list of organizations we recommend to our youth in our resource guide.
  • Volunteering: We are eagerly seeking new volunteers to help with Street Outreach, Mentoring, and to staff our Drop-In Center. Join us for the opportunity to impact DC youth by establishing a connection and building trusting relationships that let them know that there are adults who genuinely care about them and their well-being. 

Becoming a volunteer is easy! Begin our online orientation here and self-paced training, followed by an in-person (or Zoom) volunteer meeting. See our Training Schedule.

For additional information on our volunteer opportunities, please email our Directors of Volunteers, Collin Duff or Taylor Brewer.

Additional Resources

Sasha Bruce Youth Drop-In Center

Case management & resources

741 8th Street SE

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Covenant House Sanctuary Youth Shelter

Youth-only Shelter

511 Mellon Street SE

Daily, arrive by 8pm

DC Doors Youth Drop-In Center

24/7 (all day) Resource Center

900 Rhode Island Ave NE

For the District of Columbia’s Emergency Shelter Hotline call 1-800-535-7252

If experiencing a crime, fire, or medical emergency, call 911

If experiencing a suicide, crisis, or mental health emergency, call 988