VisionWe strive to build communities where all youth know care, feel loved and have a support system to help them move quickly from surviving to thriving.
MissionTo end the cycle of youth homelessness.
DrivenAs a national non-profit organization, StandUp for Kids cares for homeless and at-risk youth by transitioning them from crisis to connection. We give our youth a sense of safety, hope, and belonging through housing support, mentoring, drop-in centers, and street outreach.
That’s a dangerous place to be.
These kids are our Nation’s invisible homeless population, undercounted for years, hiding out in cars and abandoned buildings, in motels and on couches, often trading sex for a place to sleep. We know that the number of teens and young adults living on the streets is only growing.
Shocking statistics of America’s youth:
(between ages 10-18) will run away
become victim to human trafficking- inclusive of sex and labor trafficking
It is unimaginable that there are kids right now, in our own communities, completely on their own without any support.
Your contributions power our impact
OUR 2022-2023 Goal
This funding and support means we can get closer to ending the cycle of youth homelessness by breaking the patterns that hold these kids back and help move them forward on new paths by…
Defined as youth and young adults, ages 12 to 24, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
They often DO NOT fit the traditional idea of what ‘homelessness’ looks like, they:
- Go to school
- Have jobs
- Participate in community activities
- Enjoy social lives with friends who
have safe, dependable places to sleep every night
Early Runners: Displaced from their homes due to severe conflict, abuse, or neglect and experiencing short-term homelessness.
Doubled-Up: Transition aged (18+), cannot return home, and require housing with life-skills training.
Older, Employed Homeless Youth: Highly mobile with access to part or full-time employment, but no access to affordable housing opportunities.
Street-Dependent Youth: Sleeping out of home for six months or more, in need of services to assist with education, employment, and reconnecting with family or social support networks.
Homeless Youth with Long-Term Disabilities: Experiencing cognitive or emotional challenges and requiring support into their adult years.
System Involvement, including the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. A young person leaves the foster care system anywhere between the ages of 18-21. For many, “aging out” is accompanied by instant homelessness because housing is tied to government support.
Residential Instability with one’s family and usually due to economic issues.
Extreme Disconnection from education, employment, health care, and the positive communities, social and support networks that could help them to change their circumstances.
Their Struggle Is our Challenge
Up to 40% identify as LGBTQ
Compared to non-LGBTQ youth:
62% report being physically harmed while homeless
120% more likely to experience homelessness
Black youth have an 83% higher risk of experiencing homelessness
Every day, 13 at-risk youth will die due to assault, illness, or suicide trying to survive on the streets – or 5,000/per year
75% more likely to self-medicate and abuse substances compared to housed youth
69% suffer from mental health problems
25% experience homelessness within a year of aging out of the foster care system
Young adults with less than a GED were 4.5x more likely to report experiencing homelessness than their peers who completed high school
Since 1990, StandUp for Kids has served unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth – and young parents with children of their own – up to their 25th birthday. All of them have lived through trauma. Many have survived abuse. Often they’re just victims of immense neglect. When we first meet them, they are disconnected and uncertain about what steps to take next. Through our four core programs – Street Outreach, Outreach Centers, Mentoring, and Housing – we help move them quickly from crisis to connection.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAWashington, D.C.
5,598 volunteers served 39,302 hours in 2021
Our most prized asset is our hundreds of volunteers nationwide.
Along with our core staff in our national office in Decatur, Georgia, they are at the heart of what we do. Many have been with us for 10 years or more. Some work behind the scenes as unsung heroes and others are out front, serving as counselors, mentors, or meeting kids on the streets.
And all of them wear their StandUp for Kids purple t-shirts with pride.
youth with mentoring and education support
new youth to our outreach network
Getting these kids from surviving to thriving just doesn’t happen. It takes time, a true commitment, heartfelt dedication, and unwavering support. We are grateful for our generous donors and sponsors.
Of every dollar donated, 81 cents goes directly into programs that serve youth facing and experiencing homelessness.
Sometimes the hardest thing a homeless youth will do is recognize they need help. Through four core programs available to local communities, we assess their needs, connect them to resources, and develop plans to get them out of often untenable or unjust situations and move them toward much greater stability.
Your contribution keeps these four core programs growing.
Your investment can make all the difference in how much our chapters can help and how many youth we can save from the streets.
REACHING YOUTH WHERE THEY ARE
IN 2021, WE ASSISTED 6,173 YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS DURING STREET OUTREACH.
know if I would be dead or alive. I'm grateful that StandUp for Kids was there to embrace me and help me and save me during my tough times.”
INSPIRING YOUTH TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES
IN 2021, MORE THAN 1,200 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN OUR SCHOOL-BASED MENTORING PROGRAMS.
STUDENTS MENTORED BY OUR ATLANTA CHAPTER HAVE GRADUATED AT RATES HIGHER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE.
FINDING A PLACE TO CALL HOME
89% OF THE YOUTH WE HOUSED TRANSITION FROM CRISES TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
HELPING YOUTH TO FIND THEIR WAY
IN 2020, MORE THAN 5,200 YOUTH FOUND SAFETY AND CONNECTION IN OUR OUTREACH CENTERS.
TOGETHER, WE CAN END THE CYCLE OF YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA.
Our youth are counting on us – and we are counting on you.
Your gift of support will go to work immediately providing meals, emergency housing, mentorship, education, and long term housing for homeless youth.
We’re always looking to build deep, multi-layered partnerships on a variety of different platforms. An employee matching gift program can add even more value.
Become a Foundation Partner
We welcome unrestricted support and funding for specific projects, working closely with you to realize your philanthropic goals and interests.
Donate Goods & Services
Many of our chapters accept in-kind donations: non-perishable food, clothing, hygiene products, first aid items, bus passes, gift cards, and office supplies.