Will You StandUp For Kids?
The mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States.
We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.
If you are a youth in need of assistance, please contact us on our outreach line at 1-888-365-4543.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Teen homelessness rates are on the rise. Our concern is that homeless kids are the most likely target of human traffickers, pornographers and gangs. These vulnerable kids are forced to endure unimaginable horrors, just to survive. Our main focus is on prevention; providing an array of resources and services to help homeless youth on their journey to self-sufficient adulthood.
Now through January 31, 2016 is StandUp For Kids’ 2015 Annual Holiday Appeal Campaign for Homeless and At-Risk Youth. Our core mission is to "end the cycle of youth homelessness across America."
StandUp For Kids advocates for young people in the nation to have the basic human rights of shelter, food and security. We believe it is the responsibility of the entire community to keep our youth safe, sheltered and supported. Our goal: Change the notion that youth are on the streets because they want to be!
To achieve our goals for the many programs we have to reduce teen homelessness, we are asking our community members for their donations. Your generous support will directly impact the lives of homeless kids and help at-risk teens across the United States.
Please take a moment now to make a donation online at http://www.standupforkids.org/ or mail your donation to:
StandUp For Kids National
83 Walton Street, NW, Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Please share our request with friends and family. Your thoughtful donations are tax deductible.
On behalf of StandUp For Kids, we thank you for your generosity, as we could not accomplish our mission without the support of our amazing donors and supporters.
Juanita Mitchell, StandUp For Kids National
StandUp and Stand Tall
This is what StandUp For Kids is about. We help each other StandUp.
Volunteers and kids together create a family and unite to help each other StandUp and Stand Tall.
“I can honestly say that if it weren’t for StandUp For Kids, I’d have probably died a junkie on the streets.” -Brian
StandUp For Kids first met Brian in 1995, when he was 15 years old. Brian had hitchhiked out to California from Arkansas to live with his mother, but soon found himself on the streets of San Diego. A group of StandUp For Kids – San Diego volunteers found Brian sitting outside a coffee shop in downtown San Diego and asked him how long it had been since he’d spoken to his family, then let him use the outreach phone to call his father. They also provided him with some food and hygiene products. This was the beginning of a very long relationship between Brian and StandUp For Kids.
Over the next six years, Brian struggled with life on the streets. He became severely addicted to several drugs, most notably meth and heroin, and became very depressed and suicidal.
“The thing is…StandUp was always there for me. Even if I was high, or even if I were doing my best to try to die, they’d always be there with food and supplies and, most importantly, someone to talk to. Sometimes what you need the most is just someone who will listen without judgement.”
In 2001, Brian came to StandUp For Kids – San Diego and told them that he wanted to get clean. He also revealed that he’d gotten his girlfriend pregnant. StandUp bought him and his girlfriend a Greyhound ticket to her father’s house in Texas. Since the day they boarded that bus in 2001, neither Brian or his (now former) girlfriend have spent a single night on the streets, and Brian has been clean ever since.
A couple of years later, the StandUp For Kids National Office called Brian on the phone. StandUp had kept in touch with Brian, as our staff and counselors had built up a family type relationship with him over the years. When Brian answered, we asked him if he would like to use his experience on the streets to help others understand what it was like. We wanted to hire him to be our National Trainer. He accepted and, since that day, has taken on a variety of roles with StandUp For Kids, including being our IT consultant and helping to maintain our website. Brian now has two kids of his own, including a son who was baptized at the StandUp For Kids – San Diego outreach center, and is still working with StandUp For Kids on a daily basis.
“StandUp For Kids has been there for me since the day I first met them. Thank you, StandUp, for all that you do, and thank you for allowing me to use my experiences to help others.”
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