About Stand Up For Kids Chicago

Stand Up For Kids Chicago is a non-profit volunteer outreach organization with comfort center whose mission is to provide crisis intervention and basic survival necessities for at-risk and homeless youth ages 16-25 through national and local outreach. In line with the national organization, Chicago’s chapter facilitates a welcoming environment by way of street outreach,  providing opportunities for Chicago’s homeless youth to become empowered young adults.

The statistics are staggering and there are now 1.3 million homeless and street kids. Most are never reported missing. Stand Up For Kids offers an abundance of services, complete anonymity, and ensures that youth do not have to feel alone in dealing with their problems.

Stand Up For Kids is primarily a nighttime program, with volunteers walking the streets in the evening, distributing food, clothing, hygiene products, resource information, referrals, and offering an 888 number where the kids can reach a Stand Up for Kids’ counselor in each of our cities nationwide.

For youth unwilling or unable to leave the streets, our goal is that they have the support necessary to be safe and survive as well as to educate youth & the community about youth homelessness.

Stand Up For Kids teaches youth the basic “life skills” so that they can survive off the streets, helping to build a foundation away from the streets and street life. Life skills focused on are:

  • Anger Management Sessions
  • Increased tutoring services for GED, job hunting/resume building
  • Financial Management
  • Improving Communications
  • Study Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Behavior Management Class
  • Social Events for homeless and at-risk youth/families

Our operating costs are so low that nationally we are able to spend 94% of all donations directly on the youth in our program.

“Recently a few of our kids came by and we hung out with them for a bit. They ate the burritos we offered them, as did another kid who just happened to walk by. I am struck by the fact that the kids we encounter always seem to be so hungry. When we were leaving, one asked if we would be out again the following night. Even though we told him we only come out on Thursdays, he looked at me and said, “It’s cool that you all are out here.” I guess that we are beginning to make a difference.”
Tom Hayden,

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