Journey Oriented: We interact with youth to help them understand the interconnectedness of their past, present, and future as they decide where they want to go and how to get there.
Trauma-Informed: We recognize that most homeless youth have experienced trauma; we build our relationships, responses, and services on that knowledge.
Non-Judgmental: We interact with youth without labeling or judging them on the basis of their background, experiences, choices, or behaviors.
Harm Reduction: We contain the effects of risky behavior in the short term and seek to reduce its effects in the long term.
Trusting Youth-Adult Relationships: We build relationships by interacting with youth in an honest, dependable, authentic, caring, and supportive way.
Strengths-Based: We start with, and build upon, the skills, strengths, and positive characteristics of each youth.
Positive Youth Development: We provide opportunities for youth to build a sense of competency, usefulness, belonging, and power.
Holistic: We engage youth in a manner that recognizes that mental, physical, spiritual, and social health are interconnected and interrelated.
Collaboration: We establish a principles-based, youth-focused system of support that integrates practices, procedures, and services within and across agencies, systems, and policies.
“I joined the Young Professionals Board to contribute in a concrete, dedicated way to YouthLink’s mission to end youth homelessness. I believe the Board’s work for and through YouthLink will help youth find their way through challenges. ”Meet our young professionals board >