Thursday, June 12, 2008

Stand Up for Kids at Eastern Market

Current statistics estimate that there are nearly one and a half million kids, teens and young adults living on the nation's streets. Hard to believe, especially in a country as wealthy and prosperous as America.

Luckily, there are organizations like StandUp For Kids (SUFK) Detroit, which assists local at-risk and homeless youth through on-the-streets efforts, as well as deterrence and resource programs in schools and online.

One of the cool things about SUFK Detroit is that it isn't just an organization with a cool mission statement; this 501(c)(3) organization is actually doing things in the community. In fact, SUFK Detroit's next event -- its inaugural Youth Summit/Street Fair -- is coming up in less than two weeks. 

Designed to raise awareness of various youth-oriented services and organizations, the outdoor event will be held from noon - 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 at Shed 5 in Eastern Market.

Attendees of this first-ever event can expect a wide range of activities, including:

On-stage entertainment including music acts, dance performances, and a fashion show;
Face painting, juggling, and tarot card reading;
Educational workshops, including CPR training and youth empowerment.

Food and beverages will also be offered.

This free, day-long event is a great way for kids of all ages to meet new people, hang out, and discover the numerous community programs and resources available to them.

Not familiar with StandUp for Kids? Founded in 1990, the not-for-profit, national organization is run entirely by volunteers. SUFK has offices in several states, including Michigan. For more information or volunteering opportunities near you, click here.

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