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Partner Post: Women Wear Hard Hats Too

  We’re celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC)—a collaboration of over 30 agencies providing services to young people all in one location to help break down barriers youth face. To celebrate, we’ve asked our partners to share a little bit more about what they do, after all, the YOC wouldn’t exist […]

Congratulations to the 2016 Graduates!

On June 17th we had one of our favorite events – our annual graduation ceremony to celebrate youth who received their high school diploma, earned their GED, or completed a postsecondary certification or training course while experiencing homelessness. It was a moving ceremony complete with graduation march, certificates of achievement, youth and community speakers, and […]

Partner Post: Strong Partners Make a Strong Program

  We’re celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC)—a collaboration of over 30 agencies providing services to young people all in one location to help break down barriers youth face. To celebrate, we’ve asked our partners to share a little bit more about what they do, after all, the YOC wouldn’t exist […]

Happy Birthday to the Youth Opportunity Center!

This year we celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC)—and we can’t wait to show you how far we’ve come. When Hennepin County created their plan to end homelessness in 2006, part of their solution was “Project Homeless Connect,” a one-day event that connected the homeless and at-risk community to basic needs, […]

“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 […]

Outreach For A Better Future

The YouthLink Peer Outreach Program is a unique part of what YouthLink does because the five of us who work in the program have experienced homelessness ourselves. We connect young people to resources that they may need on a daily basis. We target youth who are experiencing homelessness or who may know someone who is […]

A Future Filled with Opportunity

In his 23 years, Johnnie has seen a lifetime of struggle. Drugs, weapons, gangs, arrests, jail—these had all been part of Johnnie’s daily life, stretching back to his middle school years. When he was 16, Johnnie decided it would be easier for his grandmother, who raised him, to care for his younger siblings if he […]

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 […]