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ORGANIZATION: StandUp for Kids - DC

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StandUp for Kids is a national organization whose mission is to help homeless and at-risk youth. StandUp for Kids-D.C. operates a one-on-one mentoring program that pairs a mentor from the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area with a homeless student in the D.C. public school system. We are currently working with students from Charles Hart Middle School, located at 601 Mississippi Avenue, S.E.

There are currently over 4,000 homeless students in the D.C. public and charter school systems. Many of these students move at least once, and often up to three times a year. We know that a child needs 4-6 months to recover academically each time he or she transfers schools, and significantly more time to feel safe and comfortable in a new school. Homeless children are twice as likely as their peers to repeat a grade and are our city’s most vulnerable citizens.

A mentor is an adult volunteer who wants to make a difference in a child’s life by providing both general encouragement and specific support to help the child achieve their dreams and plan for a future. Mentors serve as a trusted friend and guide helping to ensure that the student develops important academic and life skills, is exposed to new opportunities and a wide array of resources, makes positive life choices, and stays in school.

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About StandUp for Kids - DC

Location:

PO Box 75983, Washington, DC 20013, US

Mission Statement

The mission of StandUp for Kids is to end the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this one life at a time. Every day, homeless youth face obstacles that most of us cannot comprehend. Where will I have my next meal? When can I shower? Where will I sleep tonight? We assist homeless youth in tackling some of their everyday obstacles and work towards a life of safety, good health, and connections off the streets.

Description

StandUp for Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of youth homelessness in local communities like ours in Washington, DC and 17 other cities across the country. Since 1990, we have 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 through housing support, mentoring, drop-in centers, and street outreach. We bear the highest independent ratings for fiscal stewardship of all donations.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Homeless & Housing
Children & Youth, Community, Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

TBD by your assigned youthMentees attend Hart Middle SchoolWashington, DC 20032

(38.83723,-77.01614)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a week for an hour or more
  • File a written application and three references

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