StandUp For Kids mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States.
StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley runs several programs to help this mission by providing homeless youth the assistance, training and resources to make a successful re-integration into society. These programs include:
Our Outreach Center, The Village, is located in downtown San Jose and is very accessible to the youth in the area. We are open Monday and Thursday from 5:30pm - 8:00pm and Saturdays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. 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. We also address immediate needs of kids such as food, clothing, personal hygiene, supplies for out on the street, a hot shower, access to the internet for job searching, resume drafting, and overall access to things like applying for an ID, birth certificate, etc. The volunteers help with these needs in addition, if needed, medical care, education assistance, and transportation.
Why we volunteer at The Village, "I volunteer at the Village because it gives me an opportunity to meet young people that want to succeed in life but need a little support to do so. It gives me great personal satisfaction to be able to provide these youngsters a little time and a kind word of encouragement that will make a huge difference in their lives" and "Our kids manage to find moments of joy and laughter in life, despite their circumstances, and I get to share in those moments."
Our unique and ever-developing one-on-one mentoring program instills a sincere sense of personal importance, being cared about, and respected. We have helped kids obtain their State ID's, Social Security cards, and birth certificates. We've helped them find jobs, get back into school, and celebrate birthdays. Our mentoring program also offers joint creation of individual life plans to help each kid meet their specific personal goals for a fulfilled, sustained, and independent future off the streets. As well as the support, guidance, and resources necessary to assist each kid in executing their individual life plan, including education support, job training, job search skills and whatever else our kids need to be successful!
Listen to Stephanie's story and how StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley helped her in the video below.
Our Street Outreach efforts continue to play an important role in gaining the kids' trust and making them comfortable enough to join us at The Village. The Outreach team literally goes to the streets and locates homeless, street kids and at-risk youth. Through training, the street team can identify these kids from the general population because they often blend into the crowd for their own safety.
Street outreach encompasses befriending homeless youth and letting them know that there are caring adults who are concerned about their well-being and want to see them safe and successful. We handout food kits, hygiene products, blankets, and other comfort items such as a backpack. We inform them about the Village, provide them with materials and hope to see them again at The Village.
Meet Chaz who is on the streets and comes to our outreach center every chance he gets.
DONATE. We need to raise additional money to provide the services and supplies that our kids need. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Checks should be made out to StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley, and mailed to:
25 E. Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95112
We need contributions "in kind" of all the basic supplies (nonperishable food and hygiene products) listed on our wishlist.
Please email SiliconValley@StandUpforkids.org if you can help.
If you’d like to make a contribution to help us start a program here, please click on the donate button at the top of this page.
Director of Street Outreach
Director of Kid Development
Director of Alternative Outreach and Mentoring
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Director of Training
Email us to find out how you can join our all volunteer program helping homeless kids improve their lives
25 E. Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95112