Our Impact Archives - Youthlink

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 […]

“Even If You’re Scared, Don’t Give Up”

It’s the little things that count. When you ask Emily what one of the best things about her new apartment is, she’ll tell you it’s the furniture. “It’s just recent that I moved and I was excited to have my own space and everything just being mine. You really miss out on that when you’re […]

Food for the 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. Carl has supervised the creation of tens of thousands of meals for young people experiencing homelessness. “Good food is a great way to break down […]

Why Should We Care About Youth Homelessness?

November is national Youth Homelessness Awareness month. Why is focusing on youth homelessness so important? Because 1,800 unaccompanied young people will experience homelessness tonight in Minnesota. At YouthLink, we take pride in sharing the individual stories of the inspirational youth we meet every day, but if you take a look at the bigger picture, you […]