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StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley (CA)


to help at-risk youth in Silicon Valley

StandUp For Kids (SUFK) is a national, all-volunteer organization with active programs in 17 U.S. cities. We help youth who are on their own, having run away from or been kicked out of an unsafe (usually abusive) home. They are trying to restart their lives.

The Silicon Valley chapter needs one-on-one mentors to work with our kids, typically of the ages 16-24. They need an adult who cares about them, and who can help them make good decisions.

Following a 1-day training program, and with support from experienced volunteers, the mentor will strive to meet with their assigned kid on a weekly basis providing life guidance and perhaps assisting with schooling, housing or finding a job.

We provide kids with basic essentials (food, clothing, hygiene products), but more importantly, we them understand what choices are available and help them develop a plan to be successful. Then we cheer for them when they make progress and get in their face and help them recover when they make bad choices.

If you have 3-4 hours per week and would like to to help us, please email Volunteer mentors must:

  • Be at least 25 years old

  • Have reliable transportation with liability insurance

  • Submit a criminal background check, with fingerprints

  • Make a 6-month commitment

  • Explore and develop educational and vocational pathways with their kid

  • Have a positive attitude and desire to help youth

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About StandUp for Kids - Silicon Valley (CA)


1100 Shasta Ave, Suite 110, San Jose, CA 95126, US

Mission Statement

Ending the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this in cities across America, one youth at a time.


Youth homelessness continues to be one of the most challenging issues facing our society today:

Over 2 million kids are currently homeless in the US

Youths make up 27% of the total homeless population and are the fastest growing segment

Half of all homeless kids are under the age of 15

13 homeless teens die on the street every day

Teens leave their homes for many different reasons, but ultimately because their home is an unsafe environment. These kids "couch surf" at the homes of their friends if they are fortunate, or find ways to live anonymously on the street if they aren’t so lucky. Some of them go it alone, some of them reach out for help, but all of them dream of a better future.

Our all-volunteer organization, STANDUP FOR KIDS Silicon Valley, helps these homeless teens ages 12-24, by providing them with the basics of food, clothing and hygiene products, assisting them with school, medical and legal issues, getting them vocational training and job search assistance and working with them to create a life plan for that better future they desire. Our core programs are outreach center, mentoring and street outreach.

Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing


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1100 Shasta AveSuite 110San Jose, CA 95126







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