StandUp for Kids has temporarily suspended the drop-in center and street outreach in response to COVID. Instead, we are supporting our youth through virtual housing and resource assistance and by fundraising for local partners. To donate to this fundraiser, please click here and visit our Facebook page to learn more.
Welcome to StandUp for Kids - Washington DC!
Since May 2011, we have been connecting homeless and at-risk youth in DC to much-needed services around the District through street outreach and outreach centers. The work we do is a very effective combination of StandUp for Kids activities and collaborations with other youth-serving organizations. As a nimble, all-volunteer organization, we are able to pay attention to the details and provide our youth with the tools for success. Further, with the support of a national network, we always deploy best-practices and top-notch services!
- Street Outreach: The first and most important step in engaging homeless youth is consistency. Meeting kids where they are at and showing up on a consistent basis are key to building trusting relationships. Establishing that connection lets kids know that there are adults who genuinely care about them and their well-being. Volunteers conduct street outreach to connect with District youth every Wednesday evening and many weekend mornings. If you want to be an outreach volunteer, check out the steps to get involved!
- Drop-In Center: Every Monday and Wednesday with our nonprofit partners, we provide volunteers to a youth drop-in center in Gallery Place! In the center, youth can breathe, connect with peers, and build relationships. At the center, along with our partners, volunteers help youth connect to housing, employment, & support services and provide them with food, HIV/AIDS testing, speakers, & movie screenings. We are always developing new programs and partnerships to further lift up our youth!
- As a volunteer with StandUp for Kids you will have the opportunity to engage directly with youth in ways that are effective and impactful. Becoming a volunteer is easy. There is an online orientation and self-paced training, followed by an in-person meeting. The entire process is outlined on our Training Schedule. Head over now to get started with our online orientation!
It is truly an exciting time to be a part of StandUp! We are continually expanding our programming and rely on fantastic members of the DMV community to do so! If you want to join our organization, partner, or contribute in-kind donations, please email JoshB@standupforkids.org.