StandUp For Kids - Boston
The mission of StandUp For Kids - Boston is to end the cycle of youth homelessness.
StandUp For Kids - Boston has been in existence for over 10 years and has served thousands of homeless and street involved youth in the Greater Boston area. The chapter is all-volunteer with 100% of donations going entirely to the individuals whom we serve through three programs:
Street Outreach: Volunteer counselors go to the streets to seek out homeless young people in need of help with three purposes:
- To provide survival supplies (e.g., food, clothing, hygiene products)
- To offer referrals to social services
- To develop caring relationships with homeless youth, many of whom are disconnected from family, school, and other social service agencies.
StandUp For Kids is the only organization in Boston that serves runaway youth under the age of 18 and currently conducts street outreach three days per week.
Transitional housing: Homeless young adults (18-24) live in a structured and supportive living environment as part of a multi-faceted program that includes the following:
- Live-in resident advisors
- Mentors who are assigned to each participant
- Life skills classes
The goal of the transitional housing program is that residents will be prepared to live independently as contributing members of society within three to twelve months of entering the program. The transitional housing program is the only known all-volunteer transitional housing program in America.
Don’t Run-Away. Volunteers teach middle school students about the realities of life on the streets and offer alternatives to running away should a student find himself for herself in an abusive situation.