Thirteen kids die on the street every day.
This is the central tenet that inspires StandUp For Kids, an organization dedicated to youth homelessness across the country, and it’s what originally drew Eddy Ameen to their work. “Way back in my freshman year of college, a teacher had told me that the average age of a homeless person was 9-years-old,” Eddy said. “It hit me, probably because it was something I wasn’t really aware of.”
A few years later, living in Miami and pursuing a Ph.D in counseling psychology, Eddy got an email from StandUp For Kids. Their new Miami branch was looking for street outreach counselors, people who could search for and identify kids, and link them into services within the community. He thought he could help out for a few hours per week in his free time.