Careers - Youthlink

Careers Be a part of YouthLink’s team!

For over 40 years, YouthLink has been building pathways of opportunity for homeless youth in the Twin Cities, and that journey starts with our staff. If you’d like to turn your passion for helping young people into a rewarding career, we’d love to hear from you.

Why work at YouthLink?

Innovation: YouthLink is dedicated to helping youth exit homelessness. With that goal in mind, our approach is uniquely data-driven and founded on research that has helped to form the Guiding Principles under which all YouthLink programs operate. In short, we know what works, and we have the evidence to back it up. Find out more about our Guiding Principles here.

Expansion: YouthLink is growing! We’ve partnered with PPL (Project for Pride in Living) to build a 4-story supportive housing unit, Downtown View, adjacent to our Drop-In Center. Downtown View welcomed its first residents in February 2018 and includes an updated Career Pathways Center and 46 units of community-focused housing designed to support youth in achieving their future aspirations.

Community: The Youth Opportunity Center at YouthLink, a first-of-its kind facility, brings over 30 community partners on site to make vital resources available for youth in one convenient location. At YouthLink, we work closely with our onsite partners to provide efficient and effective interventions, building a highly collaborative community of support around our clients.

Opportunity: At YouthLink, we believe in creating pathways of opportunity not only for youth, but for our staff. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for career development, including training and workshops, educational programs, and internal advancement.

Benefits: YouthLink offers a competitive benefits package for qualifying employees, including a low-deductible medical plan, dental insurance, basic life insurance, and long-term disability coverage, as well as supplemental short-term disability, retirement, and a flexible spending account options. Our qualifying employees also enjoy nine paid holidays per year, paid vacation, and paid sick days.

Location: YouthLink is a proud part of the downtown Minneapolis community. Our Drop-In Center and administrative offices are located within easy walking distance of many downtown attractions, such as Target Field, Target Center, and Nicollet Mall. We also offer free onsite parking for staff.

What does our staff think?

“Working collaboratively with our partner agencies is one of the things I enjoy most, along with building relationships with the young people who live at Nicollet Square. The growth and transformation from being homeless to housed to thriving never ceases to amaze me. The young people we serve truly give me way more than I could ever give them. It’s a privilege.” –Rachel, Nicollet Square Program Supervisor

Our Current Openings

Youth Advocate (2nd and 3rd Shift)







YouthLink works with nearly 2,000 young people experiencing homelessness each year.

Meet Jose Acuña Outreach Supervisor

“Most people refer to youth as our future, but I see it differently. They are our present, and whatever we can do to help them accomplish their full potential is very important.”

Meet our staff >