How Our Program Works

Show Up, Stand Out is a free referral program that matches families with community-based organizations that help them find creative ways and resources to overcome the challenges that prevent students from attending school every day. Our team members work with eligible families one-on-one to improve their children’s school attendance and academic performance.

How does our program work?

If your child has three to five consecutive unexcused absences and five to nine total, you may be eligible for this program.

We know there are many reasons that can result in missing a day of school or coming in late.  Whatever challenge you’re facing – children in multiple schools, transportation issues,  or choosing between a job interview or taking your kids to school – Show Up, Stand Out is here to help.

Click here to find the Show Up, Stand Out community organization that works with your child’s school.

Ready to start?

The District is required to notify Show Up, Stand Out when students have three to five consecutive unexcused absences and five to nine total. Here is how the referral process works:

  1. Once referred, a Show Up, Stand Out team member will contact you to set up a free consultation to discuss how the program can help.
  2. We learn about the challenges you are facing with getting your children to school on time every day.
  3. If you enroll, we work together to create a tailored family plan just for you.
  4. We help you implement the plan by connecting you to services to enrolling your children in special programming to improve their experience at school.

“Whether it is getting help with SmartTrip cards for transportation, uniforms for the children or book bags and school supplies, I know my SUSO case manager is there for me and my children. All I need to do is ask.”

Show Up, Stand Out has partners working with over 60 elementary and middle schools in DC, and is striving to help more than 4,000 students this year.


Here are some common questions about SUSO.