Youth Opportunity Center Partners
Aeon is a nonprofit developer, owner and manager of high quality affordable aparment homes in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area. Both Archdale Apartments and St. Barnabas Apartments are owned and property managed by Aeon.
Avenues for Homeless Youth & the GLBT Host Home Program
Avenues for Homeless Youth’s GLBT Host Home Program is an ‘outside-the-system’ community and volunteer-based response to youth homelessness. It offers a transformative and intimate approach to providing homeless GLBT youth with safe homes and support. Youth wanting more information about Avenues for Homeless Youth and the GLBT Host Home Program can meet with staff onsite monthly.
The Bridge for Youth
Hearth Connection manages the seven metro-wide long-term homeless project (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Remsey, Scott, and Washington counties.) Hearth Connection contracts with YouthLink to coordinate the Youth Mobile Team.
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
- Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative partners with 50 congregations to create affordable and supportive housing, provide emergency shelter, and advocate for public and private resources to end homelessness. YouthLink partners with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, HIRED, and CommonBond to offer supportive services to young people living in forty-two furnished studio apartments at Nicollet Square.
Health and Wellness
The Aliveness Project
The Aliveness Project provides services and programs to the HIV/Aids Community. It’s mission is to encourage self-empowerment to persons working with HIV/AIDS.
Health Care for the Homeless
The Health Care for the Homeless Project is a federally funded program administered by Hennepin County’s Community Health Department. The team provides onsite primary and preventive care; young people have access to the health clinic for physicals, treatment of basic illnesses, pregnancy and STI testing, birth control and other medications.
Children’s Dental Services
Children’s Dental Services provides a full range of dental services to children from birth until age twenty-one and to pregnant women. Young people can make an appointment to have their teeth cleaned and examined by a dentist; they can also do x-rays, fill cavities and do extractions on site.
Minnesota Aids Project (MAP)
The Minnesota AIDS Project has works to support Minnesotans in understanding the risks of HIV and assisting those living with the virus obtain the best possible care. The organization offers essential services that improve outcomes for those living with HIV and prevent new infections. Offerings range from HIV testing to providing supportive case management and increasing access to healthcare which all serve as important interventions to stop further HIV cases.
YouthLink Mental Health
Counselors are available to meet with young people for short-term assistance and/or regular on-going appointments. YouthLink Mental Health also helps young people with referrals for psychiatric appointments and information they might need about medications.
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center -African American Men Project
AAMP’s mission is to enhance and empower African American men and their families through leadership, policy-making and infrastructure building in the areas of education, housing, family structure, health, economic empowerment, criminal justice, community and civic involvement, fundraising and communications. AAMP works with African American men who are residents of Hennepin County.
Hennepin County Child and Teen Check-up
Youth have access to help with medical assistance, help find a doctor or dentist, and help arrange appointments as well as transportation to appointments.
Crisis, Basic Needs, Drop-In
Arts in Action
Arts in Action provides youth with an improvisational drama group through two registered drama therapists.
Hennepin County Eligibility Support
Evaluate youth situations to determine eligibility for any public assistance services including cash, food support, health care, and emergency assistance. Help youth complete applications.
Kulture Klub Collaborative
Kulture Klub Collaborative engages art and artistic practice to provide enriching multidisciplinary opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness and professional artists to grow individually and to transform community. KKC is an independent arts organization that brings together artists and homeless youth in the Twin Cities. Through multi-disciplinary workshops, open mics, cultural presentations, and art outings (ArtView), KKC brings dignity and respect to these special young people as they enter adulthood.
Learning Dreams staff help co-create a plan with participants to identify, seek out, and connect with people, places and activities that are steps toward exploring and engaging with their passions and interests.
Hennepin County Front Door, Homeless Access
In addition to education and consultation, Front Door Screeners do initial screening and intake into county-operated programs. Young adults who are “aging out” of youth services and who experience barriers to housing due to struggles with mental health, chemical health and or physical disabilities have access to these services.
Youth and Young Adults Program (YAYA)
YAYA serves all youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 who have experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. They work with people of any gender primarily in Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, and Dakota Counties.
YouthLink Case Management
YouthLink provides intensive case management for students currently enrolled in any of the Minneapolis public schools or contract alternative schools who are between the ages of 15 and 20. YouthLink case managers work closely with young people one-on-one to identify their goals and to help them to craft a plan to take positive steps toward their goals and self-sufficiency.
The Family Partnership Teen PRIDE Program
PRIDE provides support services to sexually exploited individuals and their families. The have support groups and education for young women who are at-risk of being sexually exploited or are victims of survival sex.
Free legal clinic at YouthLink one evening a week in collaboration with:
Faegre Baker and Daniels Law Firm
Legal advice for youth and also help for youth to organize legal paperwork they need to address.
Volunteer Lawyers Network
Minnesota Justice Foundation
Education and Employment
FamilyWise provides comprehensive family strengthening and support services to help parents improve their parenting skills, assist children to reach developmental milestones, and help families build safe, positive, and healthy relationships. Along with their parent support services they also provide families access to quality, early childhood education through their First Step Early Childhood Education Center.
Assists young people gain employment skills through paid internships.
ING helps people become financially independent by increasing their knowledge of and comfort with financial matters – especially underserved groups such as minorities and youth.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Provides information, access and exposure to post-secondary education. Career resource information for homeless young people. Referral of homeless students enrolled at the college to the Youth Opportunity Center for basic needs services. Mutual programming between YouthLink and the MCTC Resource and Referral Services.
Minneapolis Public Schools Homeless and Highly Mobile Student Record and Administration Support
Helps youth navigate school enrollment system, including access to transcripts, student records and other needed paperwork. A representative from MPS office of Homeless and Highly Mobile students is available onsite at the Youth Opportunity Center.
Minneapolis Public Schools “We Want You Back”/ Youth Coordinating Board
The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board champions the well-being and healthy development of Minneapolis children and young people. They are a collaborative effort of the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and the Minneapolis Public Schools.
The “We Want You Back” program provides assistance to reenroll in school online, portfolio programs and/or other diploma options. “We Want You Back” is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Hennepin County and other community groups.
The Workforce Center/The Zone
Provides onsite weekly services to help youth with resumes, job applications, and other work readiness skills.
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Youth wanting to gain skills needed to live on their own can attend the Y intervention Monthly Independent Living Skills workshops.