Photo Gallery: Groundbreaking for the Downtown View

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On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at YouthLink to celebrate YouthLink and Project for Pride in Living‘s (PPL) joint building project – Downtown View. The project will develop 46 housing units for young people experiencing homelessness, ages 18-24. The five-story structure will be connected to YouthLink’s headquarters—and the YOC—in downtown Minneapolis.

This development fills a critical need of housing for youth experiencing homelessness, and connects them to the essential skills and pathways needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. However, Downtown View is about more than just bricks and mortar. It’s about creating a holistic, positive, vibrant community that makes it possible for youth to engage with new opportunities, broaden their horizons, and build self-esteem. It’s about inclusiveness, innovation, and connectivity—to the YOC partner services, transformative programming in education and employment, and connection to the broader community through mentorship and job placement.

Over 100 supporters filled YouthLink’s drop-in center to listen to speakers and take part in the candle lighting ceremony. Speakers included Mayor Betsy Hodges; Councilmember Lisa Goodman; Councilmember John Quincy; Commissioner Peter McLaughlin; Commissioner Linda Higgins; Minneapolis Public Housing Authority’s Kyle Hanson; YouthLink Executive Director Dr. Heather Huseby; Project for Pride in Living CEO Paul Williams; and Naomi, a YouthLink Youth Ambassador. At the end of the speakers, audience members passed a light from the back of the room to a flame up front, symbolizing the light that YouthLink and PPL wish to instill in the young people who come through the doors of Downtown View.

To learn more about the project and how you can contribute, visit: http://www.youthlinkmn.org/ignite-change/

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