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Koliesha Banks serves a customer at the Wildflyer Coffee stand at the Linden Hills Farmers Market. Wildflyer is raising funds to find a permanent location so they can employ more unstably housed youth and provide them with regular hours. Photo by Andrew Hazzard

Nonprofit employing homeless youth seeks permanent location

Originally Published by Southwest Journal  August 11, 2019, by Andrew Hazzard On a rainy Sunday morning, Koliesha Banks stood behind a booth at the Linden Hills farmers market, brewing and serving fresh coffee. Banks works for Wildflyer Coffee, a Minneapolis nonprofit organization that seeks to provide job and life skills training to youth experiencing homelessness in the […]

BackpackProjectMN Is Incredible. Unstoppable.

In 2004, Randy Palmer and his officemates decided to do away with their office Secret Santa tradition and put the money toward something that would make a difference. That year, they packed toiletries, notebooks, gift cards, and other items young people experiencing homeless would need into seven backpacks and donated them to StreetWorks. Fifteen years […]

YouthLink Was A Grounding Rock

Over the past four decades, YouthLink has connected thousands of young people to the services they need to transition from homeless to hopeful. Many of these young people graduate from YouthLink empowered and ready to continue on their journey of self-reliance. We reconnected with some of these alumni to talk about their experiences with YouthLink […]

Stories from the Polar Vortex: “We’ve built relationships and we don’t want to abandon them.”

The much-talked-about Polar Vortex brought the lowest temperatures Minnesota has seen in two decades. Biting wind and 45-below temps kept most people inside for days at a time. But, for youth experiencing homelessness, inside was not exactly an easy option. YouthLink, along with many local organizations, stepped in to make sure these individuals had a […]

They Did for Me What My Own Family Wouldn’t Do

Over the past four decades, YouthLink has connected thousands of young people to the services they need to transition from homeless to hopeful. Many of these young people graduate from YouthLink empowered and ready to continue on their journeys of self-reliance. We reconnected with some of our alumni to talk about their experiences with YouthLink […]