Youth Stories Archives - Youthlink

The Story of “BR”

For more than a year, YouthLink opportunity navigators have supported and guided “BR” (age 21) to move into his first independent living experience at Nicollet Square. Nicollet Square is an efficiency apartment and in partnership with the property owners at Beacon Interfaith Housing. Upon moving in, BR had no independent living skills and YouthLink staff stepped in […]

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 […]

A Job Is Just The Beginning

“Jobs can open the door to opportunity for young people. But they are not a golden ticket,” Quinn explains. At YouthLink, Quinn works with young people as a Career Specialist with the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota (GESMN) Youth Heading Home program. Through the Youth Heading Home program, youth are given access to a number of services […]

Outreach For A Better Future

The YouthLink Peer Outreach Program is a unique part of what YouthLink does because the five of us who work in the program have experienced homelessness ourselves. We connect young people to resources that they may need on a daily basis. We target youth who are experiencing homelessness or who may know someone who is […]

Food for the Journey

Carl knows his way around lots of professional kitchens, but he found his calling cooking for YouthLink’s Drop-In Center, where he has presided as chef and kitchen manager for 20 years. Carl has supervised the creation of tens of thousands of meals for young people experiencing homelessness. “Good food is a great way to break down […]

Why Should We Care About Youth Homelessness?

November is national Youth Homelessness Awareness month. Why is focusing on youth homelessness so important? Because 1,800 unaccompanied young people will experience homelessness tonight in Minnesota. At YouthLink, we take pride in sharing the individual stories of the inspirational youth we meet every day, but if you take a look at the bigger picture, you […]

Words of Wisdom for a New Resident

When young people move out of our supportive housing sites, we know they’re moving on to bigger and better things. For the new residents moving in, we try to make their transition as smooth and welcoming as possible. But one former resident took our jobs to the next level when he left a note in […]