A New Partnership is on the Horizon!

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Youth will soon have another opportunity to connect to educational pathways thanks to a new collaboration with the GED Testing Service and the Minnesota Literacy Council to add onsite GED testing and additional GED tutors to YouthLink’s community of resources.

67% of YouthLink clients* identified educational support as critical to their progress, yet many barriers face homeless youth trying to get their GED or high school diploma. Couch-hopping, staying in shelters, and lack of transportation, make meeting with tutors, completing coursework, and passing GED tests difficult.

This new collaboration thanks to Randy Trask, President of the GED Testing Service, who participated in YouthLink’s Night of Hope: Executive Sleep Out last year.

Says Randy, “Earning a GED credential is an important next step towards a brighter future. Part of YouthLink’s success is to provide crucial central services in a safe and familiar environment. Offering GED testing onsite at YouthLink is a natural extension of that philosophy and we look forward to helping YouthLink get more young adults on a path of self-sufficiency and prepared for the next step in their education.”

To help youth better navigate the resources available to them, YouthLink is in the process of hiring an Employment Navigator who will recruit and train additional GED tutors, help youth navigate the new online GED testing system, and connect youth with postsecondary opportunities.

*Clients surveyed were part of the Street Outreach Program Data Collection Project, a research study done by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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