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YouthLink is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that responds to the critical needs of young people experiencing homelessness and offers a responsive community of excellence where young people choose to take positive steps in their lives toward empowerment and self-sufficiency.

YouthLink operates a continuum of programs to address prevention and intervention for youth. All services are based on a positive youth development model. YouthLink offers a full array of housing programs and a one-stop multi-service "Youth Opportunity Center." Support offered ranges from meeting basic needs to providing career and educational guidance. Our combined program services reach over 3,000 youth annually. YouthLinks four core programs include:

Basic Needs and Crisis Intervention Drop-in Center: Assistance for homeless youth transition in the move to independence and self-sufficiency. This includes street outreach, basic needs drop-in center support, food service program, a food shelf, case management, and other social support. We operate the only full service drop-in center for homeless youth in Minneapolis.Education and Employment: Support focused on educational reconnection and advocacy including GED preparation, individualized tutoring and Independent Living Skills training.Health and Wellness: Basic clinical health services, including reproductive health, are provided through the onsite health clinic staffed through a partnership with Health Care for the Homeless. YouthLink also boasts a mental health team providing service coordination assisting youth with long-term mental health needs transition to adult care systems.Housing Stability: YouthLink is one of the largest providers of youth housing support services in the Twin Cities (143 units). This includes 118 studio and one-bedroom units through site-based support services as well as 25 scattered site units.

Mission: Build healthy relationships with youth and the community to address youths' urgent needs so that doors of opportunity are opened to futures of empowerment, connectedness, and self-reliance.
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CausesChildren & Youth Homeless & Housing