YouthLink is the place where the END of homelessness and the END of poverty begin for youth.
It was easy to assume that Devon, at 17, had no dreams. Wearing the clothes he'd slept in, Devon walked in search of solutions, enduring the critical glace of passersby. But a glance could not have revealed the college student, the intern, the future businessman.
"There's more to me than meets the eye. I'm not a runaway. Home wasn't a good place for me, I had to leave for my own safety." says Kara, age 19. A serious student, Kara was in college while struggling with homelessness - juggling studies, an internship, and a job - never sure where she would sleep at night.
James craved stability in a life of flux. He never news his dad. When his mom died, he and his siblings livd with their grandmother, adding financial pressure to an already difficult situation. As time passed, James left to make things easier for his younger siblings and his grandmother.
On any given night, thousands of Minnesota youth, just like Devon, Kara, and James experience homelessness.
But on any given day, supporters like you give them hope.
"There's one less girl on the street because of YouthLink. They know what I've been through, even if strangers don't. YouthLink helped me get my life together. I get stronger every day. I'm a survivor." - Bri, age 21
Thanks to your generous donations, young people experiencing homelessness can come to YouthLink, and the Youth Opportunity Center, to find resources and services in basic needs, education, employment, mental and physical heath, and supportive housing. To find hope for a brighter future.
We provide a stable, safe environment for these young people, helping them move past immediate survival and learn the skills and tools needed to achieve healthy and sustained self-sufficiency in life.
It’s your support that makes our mission achievable! Thank you for helping us create opporunity. Thank you for helping us provide resources. Thank you for helping us give hope.
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