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Thanks to Your Advocacy, DC Votes to Increase Homeless Youth Budget

Thanks to all you who voted signed the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates petition to tell DC City Council that you care 100% about our city's homeless youth! Your support will help thousands of homeless youth in the district. difference in the lives of thousands of DC youth.

The DC council agreed to invest $1.3 million to support homeless youth services, but there is still lots of work to do. Be sure to visit DCAYA's website for more information on this victory and how your voice can continue to be heard for homeless youth in your community.


StandUp For Kids Recognized for Volunteer Service

StandUp For Kids has been recognized by the Obama Administration through The President’s Volunteer Service Award program for the outstanding efforts of its volunteers in support of at risk and homeless youth. It is an honor to be selected to participate in this program and a great way to thank those who, by their demonstrated commitment and willingness to inspire others, engage in volunteer service at StandUp For Kids.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. We are grateful for the thousands of volunteers across the nation that support StandUp For Kids with countless volunteer hours. We are humbled and honored to have so many amazing volunteers that support the efforts of StandUp For Kids.



2013 Paul Grudis Volunteer Award

March 27, 2014

StandUp For Kids - Olympia Washington’s Executive Director, Ruth Dodson, received a major award for her dedication to a charity recognized by the Washington State Employees Combined Fund Drive.

The Combined Fund Drive is a State Employee run organization promoting ways for State Employees to donate, including monthly payroll contributions, to a wide list of accepted charities; StandUp For Kids - Olympia being one of them. Their Combined Fund Drive Recognition Ceremony was set at the Lacey Community Center, with approximately 200 guests, and featured the Washington Secretary of State as the evening’s keynote speaker. The event was to honor state employees who have dedicated their time to either raise money for a charity, or who have dedicated their time participating in a charity.

Ruth Dodson was awarded the 2013 Paul Grudis Volunteer award, the award given to the "ultimate" state employee volunteer, essentially. The award was presented by StandUp For Kids - Olympia’s Assistant Executive Director, Joel Black, who was given the opportunity to give a speech not only about Ruth's role in StandUp, but the mission and needs of StandUp For Kids - Olympia as well.

Chelsea Williams (Director of Volunteers), Ruth Dodson (Executive Director), Joel Black (Assistant Executive Director)

LeAnn Rimes "Give" video featuring homeless youth is out now!

Please check out LeAnn Rimes' video for "Give"! The video was shot in Chicago with some of the homeless and street youth in our Chicago program.

Read her blog post, titled "Life Changing", about the video shoot here:

LeAnn Rimes, in filming the video for her new song "GIVE" spent the day in Chicago with some of our homeless and street kids. She said: "I really fell in love with them too. My life is forever changed. One thing they said is no one looks them in the eye when they see them on the streets, so there's a deep loneliness there and a feeling of almost not existing. I will now always look anyone who's homeless in the eye and smile. That smile could make their whole day. It could make them feel like they are alive and a part of the world."

More links about LeAnn working with StandUp For Kids:

RTT News

LeAnn Rimes stops by XM Studios

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Preventing The Tragedy Of LGBT Youth Homelessness

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Preventing The Tragedy Of LGBT Youth Homelessness