Ignite Change - Youthlink

Ignite Change

building-rendering-aboveTo create more opportunities for youth to move forward, YouthLink is working with Project for Pride in Living (PPL) to develop 46 housing units for young people experiencing homelessness, ages 18-24. The five-story structure, named Downtown View, will be connected to YouthLink’s headquarters—and the YOC—in downtown Minneapolis.We expect to break ground in 2017.

This development fills a critical need of housing for youth experiencing homelessness, and connects them to the essential skills and pathways needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. However, YouthLink’s Ignite Change Campaign is about more than just bricks and mortar. It’s about creating a holistic, positive, vibrant community that makes it possible for youth to engage with new opportunities, broaden their horizons, and build self-esteem. It’s about inclusiveness, innovation, and connectivity—to the YOC partner services, transformative programming in education and employment, and connection to the broader community through mentorship and job placement.

Thank you so much to Senator Klobuchar for her support of this project. You can read her letter of support and congratulations here.

Thank you so much to all the donors who have supported YouthLink’s Ignite Change Campaign:

  • Carl & Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Otto Bremer Foundation
  • Target Foundation
  • Buuck Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation
  • Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation
  • The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
  • North Loop Neighborhood
  • Medica Foundation
  • Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
  • 3M Foundation
  • Ronald and Joan Cornwell
  • John & Denise Graves Family Foundation
  • Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
  • The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation
  • Douglass Brandenborg Family Foundation
  • Family Housing Fund
  • Opus Foundation
  • Thrivent Financial Foundation
  • The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation
  • Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
  • Bruce & Ann Nerland

For more information on YouthLink’s Ignite Change in the Lives of Youth Campaign, check out our campaign brochure and our press release.

Actions you can take today to invest in the lives of young people:

  • Donate. Make an investment in YouthLink’s annual programs and services, or designate your gift to the campaign.
  • We’d love to show you around YouthLink and the Youth Opportunity Center. Call us to schedule a visit today.
  • Invite a speaker.Inviting a staff member or youth speaker to speak to your group is a great way to introduce others to the work we do.
  • Advocate.
  • Get Involved. From group volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of ways to learn more.

In the News:

At YouthLink, we have over 30 partner agencies providing services to young people through the Youth Opportunity Center.

Meet Iftou Yoya State of MN, DEED

“I have a vested interest in seeing youth prosper, become self-reliant and be gainfully employed and hope to aid in furthering solutions needed to end youth homelessness and set youth on the path to hopefulness and self-resiliency.”

Meet our young professionals board >