'48 Hours Rescuing Kids'

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from STANDUP FOR KIDS

    SAN DIEGO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- STANDUP FOR
 KIDS, a national non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing the nearly two
 million homeless and street kids, will be hitting the streets in more than 20
 cites across eleven states for 48 consecutive hours of street outreach
 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 27, ending at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29,
 2001.
     Extensively trained volunteer outreach counselors will be searching for
 street and homeless kids as part of STANDUP FOR KIDS fifth, nationally
 coordinated "on the streets" outreach campaign.  The program is designed to
 help reach as many of the nearly two million homeless children and youth, all
 under the age of 21, who are currently living on our streets, in our gutters,
 alleys, under bridges, in abandoned buildings and many other dark and lonely
 places.  "Homeless children are by most accounts the fastest growing segment
 of the homeless population," reports the National Coalition for the Homeless.
 America's children are barely existing day to day because they believe no one
 cares, and no one notices they are starving.  They are prostituting themselves
 for food, clothes and basic hygiene care.  These are not children who have
 chosen this as their future, this is the future they have been forced to live.
 STANDUP FOR KIDS wants to reach each and every homeless and street child.
 They let them know someone does care and will be firmly holding their hand on
 the road to becoming what THEY want to become.
     "We've noticed two trends while walking the streets in the last year,"
 says Rick Koca, founder and CEO of STANDUP FOR KIDS.  "First, we're seeing
 more kids on the streets today and second, the average age of the street kids
 is getting younger.   If we rescue one kid during the next 48 hour crusade
 this effort will be a tremendous success," he said.
     STANDUP FOR KIDS, which has no political or religious affiliation, has
 used its volunteer network to reach out to homeless and at risk youth for more
 than ten years.  The organization has established outreach programs in eleven
 states; Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland,
 Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, DC.
     STANDUP FOR KIDS outreach volunteers go through a more than 20 hour
 intensive training program that prepares them to deal with the rigors of
 street life.  Possibly the most important thing an outreach counselor will
 give a street kid is a simple STANDUP FOR KIDS card with the telephone number
 of their program's local 24-hour cell phone service.  The counselors learn how
 important mutual trust and understanding is when counseling a street kid.
 Through straightforward talk and a variety of life-skills services and
 educational programs, STANDUP FOR KIDS gets kids off the streets and helps
 empower these youth on how to become contributing members of their community.
 The program and its counselors never place demands on the street kids,
 instead, they allow the kids to get off the streets and stay off the streets
 by helping the kids help themselves.
     This organization has been recognized by the White House, U.S. Justice
 Department, and has been awarded the JCPenney "Golden Rule Award" and many
 other civic and corporate groups for its charitable efforts.
     For more information visit the Web site at http://www.standupforkids.org,
 e-mail janellek@standupforkids.org or call (240) 603-7129.
 
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    SAN DIEGO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- STANDUP FOR
 KIDS, a national non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing the nearly two
 million homeless and street kids, will be hitting the streets in more than 20
 cites across eleven states for 48 consecutive hours of street outreach
 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 27, ending at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29,
 2001.
     Extensively trained volunteer outreach counselors will be searching for
 street and homeless kids as part of STANDUP FOR KIDS fifth, nationally
 coordinated "on the streets" outreach campaign.  The program is designed to
 help reach as many of the nearly two million homeless children and youth, all
 under the age of 21, who are currently living on our streets, in our gutters,
 alleys, under bridges, in abandoned buildings and many other dark and lonely
 places.  "Homeless children are by most accounts the fastest growing segment
 of the homeless population," reports the National Coalition for the Homeless.
 America's children are barely existing day to day because they believe no one
 cares, and no one notices they are starving.  They are prostituting themselves
 for food, clothes and basic hygiene care.  These are not children who have
 chosen this as their future, this is the future they have been forced to live.
 STANDUP FOR KIDS wants to reach each and every homeless and street child.
 They let them know someone does care and will be firmly holding their hand on
 the road to becoming what THEY want to become.
     "We've noticed two trends while walking the streets in the last year,"
 says Rick Koca, founder and CEO of STANDUP FOR KIDS.  "First, we're seeing
 more kids on the streets today and second, the average age of the street kids
 is getting younger.   If we rescue one kid during the next 48 hour crusade
 this effort will be a tremendous success," he said.
     STANDUP FOR KIDS, which has no political or religious affiliation, has
 used its volunteer network to reach out to homeless and at risk youth for more
 than ten years.  The organization has established outreach programs in eleven
 states; Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland,
 Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, DC.
     STANDUP FOR KIDS outreach volunteers go through a more than 20 hour
 intensive training program that prepares them to deal with the rigors of
 street life.  Possibly the most important thing an outreach counselor will
 give a street kid is a simple STANDUP FOR KIDS card with the telephone number
 of their program's local 24-hour cell phone service.  The counselors learn how
 important mutual trust and understanding is when counseling a street kid.
 Through straightforward talk and a variety of life-skills services and
 educational programs, STANDUP FOR KIDS gets kids off the streets and helps
 empower these youth on how to become contributing members of their community.
 The program and its counselors never place demands on the street kids,
 instead, they allow the kids to get off the streets and stay off the streets
 by helping the kids help themselves.
     This organization has been recognized by the White House, U.S. Justice
 Department, and has been awarded the JCPenney "Golden Rule Award" and many
 other civic and corporate groups for its charitable efforts.
     For more information visit the Web site at http://www.standupforkids.org,
 e-mail janellek@standupforkids.org or call (240) 603-7129.
 
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