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Honor moms everywhere this Mother’s Day.

Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys—and struggles. After all, we all want what’s best for our children, but how can you provide “the best” when your family is also struggling with homelessness? This Mother’s Day, you can help young mothers who have come to YouthLink in search of resources by making a donation to […]

Trauma-informed services is one of the nine guiding principles at Youthlink, but why is it so important?

Shannon Brennan is YouthLink’s Therapist, and helps young people overcome trauma they’ve experienced so they can heal and move forward. In this article, she explains why working with youth from a trauma-informed perspective is so important. We recognize many of our clients may have experienced multiple childhood traumas in addition to the trauma of being homeless […]

Welcome to our new website!

We’re so excited to share our new website with you!  An online presence is an important way to reach our community and the young people we serve. But we recognized there was a better way to reach our audiences than what we had before. YouthLink’s previous website was outdated— it wasn’t easy for young people […]

Food for their journey

Carl knows his way around lots of professional kitchens, but he found his calling cooking for YouthLink’s Drop-In Center, where he has presided as chef and kitchen manager for 20 years. In this role, Carl has supervised the creation of tens of thousands of meals for young people experiencing homelessness. “Good food is a great […]


Leanna was seven years old when the state took her from her mother. A little girl with a heart condition, a result of her mother’s drug addiction, Leanna faced enough challenges in her few years to last a lifetime. When she was adopted by a single mom, Leanna had a second chance at a safe […]

Hope, personified

Today, Cheree, is a happily-married mother of four pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Minnesota. When you meet Cheree, it’s easy to see the vibrant, intelligent woman with a passion for helping youth. What you don’t see is her difficult journey through homelessness towards stability. At YouthLink, we’ve known Cheree for […]