Danae Hudson, Author at Youthlink

Remembering Cheree O’Shields

The entire YouthLink community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Cheree O’Shields, an insightful, sensitive, intelligent woman with a deep passion for helping young people experiencing homelessness through her gifts, talents, and expertise in nursing and healthcare.      Our journey with Cheree at YouthLink began more than 20 years when she came […]

There Are People Who Care

Over the past four decades, YouthLink has connected thousands of young people to the services they need to transform their lives. Many of these young people leave YouthLink empowered and ready to continue on their journeys of self reliance. We reconnected with some of our alumni to talk about their experiences with YouthLink—and where they […]

They Helped Me Navigate a Desperate Situation with Courage

Over the past four decades, YouthLink has connected thousands of young people to the services they need to transform their lives. Many of these young people leave YouthLink empowered and ready to continue on their journeys of self reliance. We reconnected with some of our alumni to talk about their experiences with YouthLink—and where they […]

Pathway to Success: Jamie’s Story

At the age of 17, after a bully beat him so badly for being gay that he ended up in the hospital, Jamie Nabozny ran away from home, eventually finding himself at YouthLink. Jamie’s case manager connected him to basic needs and housing, and encouraged him to consider what he wanted in life—not just what […]

Bridging the Gap to Serve the Whole

So often youth who come to seek service somewhere like YouthLink are in crisis. They come to us with an immediate need that has to be addressed, and that need becomes the focus—instead of the whole person. While food, shelter, job assistance, etc., are all critical, we realized we could be more impactful and transformative […]

Community with a View

It’s been a four-year-long journey, but it’s been worth every step. The Downtown View housing development has finally opened its doors to young people experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis. The result of a partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), this development fills a critical need for youth ages 18 to 24. Downtown View is […]

A Job Is Just The Beginning

“Jobs can open the door to opportunity for young people. But they are not a golden ticket,” Quinn explains. At YouthLink, Quinn works with young people as a Career Specialist with the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota (GESMN) Youth Heading Home program. Through the Youth Heading Home program, youth are given access to a number of services […]