Youth Development

StandUp for Kids

One life at a time.

aka StandUp For Kids

Decatur, GA

Mission

The mission of StandUp for Kids is Ending the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this in cities across America. This is carried out by a national volunteer/staff force whose on-the-streets outreach efforts find, stabilize and assist homeless and at-risk youth in their efforts to improve their lives. The organization's mission is furthered through deterrence and resource programs provided in schools and via the internet. All facets of this mission is guided by the mandate that our volunteers/staff shall tell youth they care about them and then, at every turn, prove it. StandUp for Kids intercedes in the lives of these youth and empowers them toward lifelong personal growth and a sincere belief in themselves through open, straightforward counseling, mentoring and life-skill training.

Ruling Year

1990

Board Chair

Eddy Ameen

Main Address

200 Nelson Ferry Road Suite B

Decatur, GA 30030 USA

Keywords

runaway, homeless, youth, street, outreach, kids, education, at-risk, prevention, child abuse, advocacy

EIN

33-0414855

 Number

4775315184

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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What we aim to solve

Each year, upwards of 1.3 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. 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? Many homeless youth are forced to make difficult choices just to survive. Our organization intervenes in the lives of these youth in hopes of assisting them in getting of the street and into stable and secure housing, school, and/or employment.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

StandUp For Kids - Atlanta Program

StandUp For Kids - Chicago

StandUp For Kids - DC

StandUp For Kids - State of Texas

StandUp For Kids - Hampton Roads

StandUp For Kids - State of Washington

StandUp For Kids - Tucson

StandUp For Kids - Worcester

StandUp For Kids - State of CA including Silicon Valley & Oceanside

StandUp For Kids - Miami, Denver, Cleveland

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of volunteers

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 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

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

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 "Champion For Youth Program" & community awareness programs.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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. 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.  We strive to build communities where all youth know care, feel loved and have a support system to move quickly from surviving to thriving. 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.

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, we implemented four core programs: Street Outreach, Outreach Centers, Apartment Support, and Mentoring. (1) Street Outreach - Counselors go directly to the streets to reach homeless kids. Each chapter offers street outreach. (2) Outreach Centers - the intent and purpose of StandUp For Kids Outreach Centers are to provide safe and protective environments for homeless and at-risk youth. (3) Apartment Support - Apartment Support teams help young renters build a life centered around their community. (4) Mentoring - 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 organization was founded in 1990 and currently has 18 Programs (Chapters) and operates in over 11 states. StandUp for Kids is almost entirely run by volunteers who are fully trained and passionate about supporting this under-served population. Over the past 29 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 consistently recruit board members with a wealth of knowledge and skill set to govern the organization and provide oversight and leadership that are instrumental in the growth of StandUp for Kids. Because our central responsibility is to our youth, eighty-six cents from each dollar goes directly to support local efforts on the streets. In 2018, our Programs 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.

Progress will be determined through data collected on the number of diplomas received, jobs obtained, alcohol and drug habits eliminated, and permanent housing obtained, as well as the number of success stories cataloged. Data on services provided includes the total number of counseling hours conducted and training delivered, number of individual youth served, number of youth served no longer on the streets, increased mentoring programs/youth participants, and the number of legal documents (ID, birth certificates) obtained. Also, the number of new chapters opened across the country and additional outreach centers will be a major factor that we are making progress toward ending the cycle of youth homelessness.

StandUp for Kids is reaching and providing life saving services to an increasingly large percentage of homeless and at-risk youth. During 2018, we increased the number of youth served. Through our Entrepreneur Program, we are helping youth open their minds to the possibility of starting their own businesses. 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 next three (3) years: 1. Increase Youth Housed by 20% Yearly 2. Open three (3) Outreach Centers 3. Launch a Youth Entrepreneurship Program

External Reviews

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Disability

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