Our Impact Archives - 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 […]

There Are People Who Care

Over the past four decades, YouthLink has connected thousands of young people to the services they need to transform their lives. Many of these young people leave 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—and where they […]

They Helped Me Navigate a Desperate Situation with Courage

Over the past four decades, YouthLink has connected thousands of young people to the services they need to transform their lives. Many of these young people leave 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—and where they […]

Pathway to Success: Jamie’s Story

At the age of 17, after a bully beat him so badly for being gay that he ended up in the hospital, Jamie Nabozny ran away from home, eventually finding himself at YouthLink. Jamie’s case manager connected him to basic needs and housing, and encouraged him to consider what he wanted in life—not just what […]

Community with a View

It’s been a four-year-long journey, but it’s been worth every step. The Downtown View housing development has finally opened its doors to young people experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis. The result of a partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), this development fills a critical need for youth ages 18 to 24. Downtown View is […]