Welcome to the Washington DC Chapter of StandUp For Kids! Our program has been regularly conducting street outreach since May 2011 to connect homeless and at-risk youth in DC with much-needed services available around the District.
DC has a lot going on! Check out our calendar at the bottom of the page to see what we have planned in the coming months and how you can get involved! If you're new to StandUp DC, please check out our new volunteer orientation, which is now online. You can access it here:
Once you have clicked through the orientation, you will have the chance to sign up for a number of volunteer opportunities with StandUp DC. The orientation takes about 45 minutes.
Street and Library Outreach - Street Outreach counselors go to the streets and libraries to reach homeless kids. The greatest needs for homeless kids are continuous caring and real support. StandUp For Kids befriends homeless kids and lets them know that caring adults are concerned about their well-being, this critical bonding is the first step toward helping these kids get off the streets and live a better life.
DC's outreach counselors hit the streets to connect with District youth every Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening. If you want to be a counselor, check out the steps you should take here.
Mentoring - Mentors serve as role models and advocates for homeless children in DC schools, while listening to -- and responding to -- their individual needs. Mentors make a one-year commitment to share an hour each week with their mentees, during which time they will talk about the challenges and successes the child is facing and help them with schoolwork and goal-setting. To learn more about becoming a mentor, email WashDC@standupforkids.org;
Advocacy - StandUp DC advocates for young people in this city and the whole 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. To learn more about supproting advocacy with the StandUp DC chapter, email Director of Advocacy Emily Wirzba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But first -- take our online orientation: http://bit.ly/14ziHii
Click here to review the checklist of steps to becoming a counselor.