StandUp for Kids

One life at a time.

aka StandUp for Kids   |   Decatur, GA   |  https://www.standupforkids.org/

Mission

StandUp for Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this in cities across America, one youth at a time. Since 1990, the organization has cared for homeless and at-risk youth by transitioning them from crisis to connection. We give our youth a sense of safety, hope, and belonging. We serve unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday. To do this, we have built four core programs in many of the cities where we operate: Street Outreach, Outreach Centers, Mentoring, and Housing Support. Our volunteer/staff teams build trust and become a consistent resource to stabilize and create in these youth a sincere belief in themselves.

Notes from the nonprofit

Every year since 1990, we have the privilege of working with hundreds if not thousands of young people under the age of 25. We are operating our mission in 20 cities in 13 states and the nation’s capital. We provide basic and ongoing resources in the form of Street Outreach, Outreach Centers, Mentoring, and Housing Support. Within and outside of these services, we work tirelessly to assess youth in need, connect them to resources that can help them in their times of need, and help them develop plans and move toward much greater stability. Youth homelessness will only end when everyone rolls up their sleeves and harvests their contributions. Maybe yours is the gift of time in service to youth or in leadership in the national and local programs. Maybe it is in the form of sustained financial contribution. Maybe you want to start your own StandUp for Kids program in a city we aren’t currently serving. Whatever it is, we need it, and this nation’s vulnerable youth need you!

Ruling year info

1990

National Executive Director

Greg Smith

Main address

200 Nelson Ferry Road Suite B

Decatur, GA 30030 USA

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EIN

33-0414855

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each year, more than 4.2 million youth find themselves experiencing homelessness in cities, towns, and suburbs across the United States. Our youth have been displaced from their homes due to conflict, abuse. or neglect. Some displaced in the short-term, while for others, it has been years. Some cannot return home, while others refuse to. Some stay in cheap hotels, outside in parks, or in abandoned buildings, and others couch-surf or stay in homeless shelters not designed to meet the needs of young adults. There are shelters in some cities, but most shelters do not offer any or enough beds for youth. Many are forced into situations they don't have the experience and skills to evaluate and manage. Everyday, homeless youth faces obstacles that most of us cannot comprehend. Where will I have my next meal? When can I shower? Where will I sleep tonight? How do I obtain my GED? Do I have the skill needed to obtain a job? They are forced to make difficult choices just to survive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

StandUp For Kids - Atlanta Program

Serves unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serves unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serves unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serves unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serves unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serves unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serve unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serves unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serve unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Serve unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth - and young parents with children of their own - up to their 25th birthday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award 2011

Emory - Rollins School of Public Health

2012 Hamanitarian Award Nominee 2012

GA Alliance to End Homelessness, Inc.

The President's Volunteer Service Award 2013

Obama Administration

Affiliations & memberships

National Network for Youth 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Continued use of online tools & services to help recruit & manage volunteer and prospects. Word of mouth, seminars & open houses attributed to increase in volunteers to further our mission and vision.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increased mentoring sessions, street outreach, youth receiving meals, ID/certificates, shelter, educational services, clothing, medical care, job training, jobs, newly created programs.

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increased # of High Schools with mentoring programs, additional Outreach/Drop In Centers across the nation; increased awareness of our "For Youth Program" & community awareness programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is ending the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States, one youth at a time. StandUp for Kids helps homeless youth tackle some of their everyday obstacles and work towards a life off the street as a successful and contributing member of their community.

In a country with the resources of the United States, no young person should ever experience homelessness. Our main responsibility is to our nation's youth faced with homelessness, whether temporary or longer term; no matter the circumstance that got them there; no matter the work that needs to be done to help them transition into safe, stable chapters of their lives. When our youth feel unwelcome, we stand taller to welcome them.

Categories of youth we assist:
- Early Runners: Displaced from their homes due to severe conflict, abuse, or neglect and experiencing short-term homelessness.
- Doubled-Up: Transition-age, 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 outside, in public spaces, or in abandoned buildings for six months or more in need of services to facilitate social inclusion.
- Homeless Youth with Long-Term Disabilities: Experiencing cognitive or emotional challenges and who will require support into their adult years.

Our organization intervenes in the lives of these youth in hopes of assisting them in getting off the street and into stable and secure housing, school, and/or employment. We are here to empower homeless and at-risk youth toward lifelong personal growth, and to create in these youth a sincere belief in themselves through open, straightforward counseling, mentoring, and life-skills training - to be there for them at their most vulnerable and to help them see the possibilities ahead.

We strive to build communities where all youth know care, feel loved and have a support system to move quickly from surviving to thriving. We aim to provide adequate resources, and implement effective prevention strategies to end the cycle of youth homelessness. Provide possibilities - - restore hope where there is trauma - not just change lives, save lives.

Through effective, qualified and well trained human resources, the organization will be able to establish and launch programs and resources to alleviate the problem of youth homelessness and prepare them for self-sufficiency.

To engage in our mission of ending the cycle of youth homelessness and help homeless and at-risk youth see the possibilities ahead, we implemented four core programs: Street Outreach, Outreach Centers, Housing Support, and Mentoring.

(1) Street Outreach (Reaching Youth Where They Are)
Counselors go directly to the streets to reach homeless kids. They walk the streets in known “hotspots” and other areas where youth congregate, in order to distribute food, clothing, hygiene products, resource information, and referrals. Our volunteers/staff make it a point to be accessible at
consistent times each week in order to build relationships with homeless youth. We ensure the youth get connected to the other services we provide, as well as to trusted community resources.

(2) Outreach Centers (Enpowering Youth to Find Their Way
The intent and purpose of StandUp For Kids Outreach Centers are to provide safe and protective environments for homeless and at-risk youth. Our centers help provide the support network of
basic human needs and development through educational programs, one-on-one counseling, and an ongoing atmosphere of hope and concern.

(3) Housing Support (Finding a Place to Call Home)
Once we’re successful in helping kids get off the streets, the real test begins. If it takes several months to get someone into housing, it may take twice that long working with them in a housing environment before they feel fully capable and comfortable with taking care of themselves. Housing Support teams monitor each individual situations, and help young renters build a life centered around their community. with support including:

- Assistance in locating and taking care of an apartment
- Life skills training: fundamentals of living alone and supporting oneself
- Follow-up plan after being placed in an independent living situation
- Clothes and Furniture
- Conseling and moral support
- Referrals for medical and dental support
- Weekly food baskets, housing stipends

(4) Mentoring (Inspiring Youth to Believe in Themselves)
During mentoring sessions, youth develop a goal plan and mentors help them prioritize and executive their plan. Mentors act as guides, role models, and accountability partners. The goals of school-based mentoring are to increase high school graduation rates and foster a love for learning. Through academic support, we develop participants into high school graduates. We provide life and career counseling, computer access, and homework help. By planning for self-sufficiency, we promote exploration of vocational training, college, entrepreneurship, and gainful employment opportunities.

Every year since 1990, we have the privilege of working with hundreds if not thousands of young people under the age of 25. We are operating our mission in 20 cities in 14 states and the nation’s capital.

StandUp for Kids is almost entirely run by volunteers who are fully trained and passionate about supporting this under-served population. Over the past 31 years, StandUp for Kids volunteers have performed over a million hours of community services, conducted more than 100,000 hours of counseling services and provided more than 1,000,000 meals to homeless and street kids. Our dedicated volunteers and staff never lose sight of the potential of our youth. We recently hired a national executive director, operational manager, and a social media manager.

At the board level, we brought in financial, marketing, and legal expertise to augment the talent already at hand - positioning ourselves to drive the organization forward.

Because our central responsibility is to our youth, approximately eighty two cents from each dollar goes directly into programs that serve our youth facing and experiencing homelessness.

In 2021, our Programs continued to expanded their geographic reach and grew the types and levels of services they provided. These efforts resulted in more positive contact with young people and connect them with life-sustaining resources.

We all allocate our talents, judgments, and prospects for the best outcomes for our youth: a rewarding, though difficult task.

StandUp for Kids is reaching and providing life saving services to an increasingly large percentage of homeless and at-risk youth.

Even though the world came to a halt as human interactions became confusing, scary, and even prohibited due to COVID-19, our team of executive directors/staff/volunteers who for so long have poured generous hearts into their work, stepped up once again. Some drop-in centers began to hand out food from their doorsteps while others kept their doors open by deeply cleaning facilities and strictly enacting health and safety protocols. A significant emphasis was placed on virtual mentorship by other chapters. Our reshaping efforts had a significant outcome: we served 32,801 meals, outpacing the prior year by 45%.

We expanded our housing support program. When our youth find housing or otherwise reach the goals they have identified as meaningful, we continue to provide support by helping them adjust to the real demands of maintaining an apartment, a source of income, their health, and other important markers of well-being.

We were recognized and honored by Congress in the passing of a Resolution naming November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month while mentioning StandUp for Kids within its resolution. StandUp for Kids Programs across America participate in events to help raise awareness throughout the month of November. In past years, the White House has also recognized us on three separate occasions for our work within communities all across the United States. We continuously focus on youth homeless awareness by educating the public.

Homelessness among youth is an epidemic throughout the United States and will take the efforts of everyone. It is a continuous work in process.

Our goals for the three (3) years:
1. Increase Youth Housed by 20% Yearly
2. Open three (3) Outreach Centers
3. Launch a Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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StandUp for Kids

Board of directors
as of 10/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Laura Ann Smith

MultiPlan Corporation

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Maria Verastegui

Acorda Therapeutics

Term: 2020 - 2023

Kedric Sledge

Frank McClarin

Greg Smith

StandUp for Kids

Catherine Ballowe

Fortune 500 Online Company

Kelly Fields

Executive Director - Atlanta

Letitia Wright

Chiropractic Physicians

Maggie McWhorter

Executive Director- Oceanside

Carlos Aponte

Marchon Eyewear

Laura Smith

MultiPlan Corporation

Maria Verastegui

Acorda Therapeutics

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/5/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/05/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.