Our Approach - Youthlink

Our Approach

Utilizing a whole person approach to balanced wellness, our services are delivered with a culturally inclusive lens using our Nine Guiding Principles, Wellness Wheel, and Integrated Service Delivery.

We coach, encourage and help youth believe in themselves and have the self-confidence to use their gifts and talents to plan for the future. This includes designing and prioritizing goals to support all aspects of themselves and their lives.

Nine Guiding Principles

At YouthLink, we have nine guiding principles that shape the way we work with young people experiencing homelessness, learn more. 

Wellness Wheel

Our Wellness Wheel focuses on the whole person by offering resources and services that focus on nine different areas of wellness, learn more.

Integrated Service Delivery

Youthlink is the host site for the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) – a collaboration of agencies all located under one roof, providing services to young people experiencing homelessness. The YOC partnership breaks down the barriers young people may face in accessing services by providing a direct and immediate connection to a wide variety of opportunities and resources. Integrated service delivery between YouthLink staff and YOC partners streamlines collaborative efforts to increase effective supportive services and interventions for youth.

All of our services fit within our nine wellness wheel categories:

  • Family
  • Social Connectedness
  • Financial
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Emotional Health
  • Intellectual
  • Employment Readiness
  • Spiritual
  • Living Standards

View the list of our current YOC partnerships here. 


YouthLink’s collaboration on the Downtown 100 program led to a 74% decrease in arrest rates among program participants.

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