Our Impact Archives - Youthlink

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 […]

The Pursuit of Learning

There are few things in the world as transformative as an education, but it’s important to remember education is just one step along the greater journey. When working with young people to help them plan their future, we must consider both the path ahead and the road behind before deciding on a school, a major […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Can You Do?

Married for forty-seven years, Ann Marie and David Hintz have stood together through lots of stormy weather, including worries about their son—a bright young man who lost his bearings for a time. “We first learned of YouthLink when it was known as the ‘Minneapolis Youth Diversion Program.’ We were in ‘crisis mode’ at the time […]

Dropping In To Out! Group

For YouthLink’s community of young people who have experienced homelessness and instability, survival is key. Survival skills may include finding food and warmth, a place to rest, a way to stay out of danger. For the subset of these young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, or questioning their sexual identity, the instability […]

The Cornwells: Finding and Filling Needs

Ron and Joan Cornwell paint themselves as a regular, mostly-retired couple, enjoying their family, their home in Minnesota and, when it’s bone-chilling cold here, their retreat in Arizona. Their modesty and generosity go hand-in-hand. The Cornwells have a long tradition of philanthropy and advocacy, but their focus is on helping young people. They are passionate […]