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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.

Services Provided

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;

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  

Local Program Mission

In a place where leaders provide for the welfare of the nation's youth, the welfare of DC's own youth shall not be overlooked. StandUp For Kids - DC ensures that young people in this city have the basic human rights of shelter, food, and security. Our most powerful contributions are in forming supportive relationships with homeless youth who have no place to turn, preventing vulnerable youth from entering the cycle of homelessness, and gaining the assistance of the entire community to keep our youth safe, sheltered, and supported. StandUp For Kids - DC will provide our city's most vulnerable youth with stability and opportunities for well-being through connections to caring adults and signature programs. We thrive when youths' challenges are more manageable and their healthy opportunities are more plentiful.


Local Contacts

Co-Executive Directors
Liza Koonin
Amy Driver
Director of Training
Eddy Ameen
Director of Outreach
Tovah Weinberg
Director of Program Support
Natasha Byrd
Director of Volunteers
Jacinta Smith
Assistant Director of Volunteers
Walter Lall
Director of Public Relations
Chelsea Spade

Upcoming Events

Next Counselor Training: TBA

This training session is a prerequisite to working with youth.

We will go over basic counseling skills, including role playing.

Please email Eddy Ameen, Director of Training, at to sign up.

But first -- take our online orientation:

Click here to review the checklist of steps to becoming a counselor.

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Contact the chapter to see how you can help

Email us to find out how you can join our all volunteer program helping homeless kids improve their lives