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2018 Charity of Choice


The mission of Stand Up for Kids is to end the cycle of youth homelessness.  

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


StandUp For Kids is a nationally recognized non-profit charity that works directly with thousands of homeless youth across the country. Our organization was founded in 1990 by a group of volunteers in San Diego, CA. Starting from a program in one city, StandUp For Kids has grown to sustain locations in 18 cities across 11 states and the District of Columbia. We remain a nearly all-volunteer organization that prioritizes the needs of the youth we serve. 

Simply put, 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. 

Our Values

  • We believe in promoting a way of treating homeless youth that is unique and infectious.
  • Our role is to be care advocates, not case managers; friends, not service providers; community organizers, not the sole source of respite.
  • We treat each youth as an individual capable of making one’s own decisions.
  • We provide all youth with voice and choice.
  • We respect the individual diversity, beliefs and decisions of each youth.
  • We possess integrity and commitment. We aim never to make a promise we cannot keep.
  • We interact as role models.
  • We find creative and frugal solutions to a wide range of individual and community needs.
  • We forge connections and empower local communities and our nation to help homeless youth.
  • We are humble about our roles as volunteers; tireless in our efforts to help youth in need; and dedicated to our mission and vision.

For more information on how you can get involved with Stand Up for Kids, go to their website at, or send an email to

Mailing Address:

501 W. Broadway, Ste. A #220
San Diego, CA 92101

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