Avenues for Youth

A nonprofit organization

Youth are in our programs 24/7, 365 days a year.  There is never a time when youth are not able to access our services, which is especially critical during this Covid-19 pandemic. As schools switch to virtual learning, our computer labs will have virtual learners. As we practice social distancing, youth will stay home at Avenues, playing games and connecting with staff. As Coronavirus develops, our health and wellness team will increase hours to prioritize the needs of youth.

The Covid-19 world has taken a toll on us all, especially youth experiencing homelessness. A gift to Avenues could provide critical supports, such as: 

  • Vital cleaning supplies for our shelters and a young parent living in an apartment. 
  • A healthy meal. Avenues provides three meals a day, every day, to youth living in our shelters. 
  • Mental health support for a youth struggling with anxiety. 
  • Basic hygiene products and new bedding and towels for a youth moving in to our programs. 
  • One on one guidance and resource navigation with a trusted adult.

Thank you, community, for supporting Avenues' Coronavirus costs. You ensure that we support over 300 youth a year. Learn more about Avenues' work by watching Bryce and Makeda's story below. 

Youth experience homelessness for a multitude of complex reasons, including lack of safety at home, mental health issues, and family poverty. These issues are aggravated by racial disparities and the lack of affordable housing in Minnesota. It's estimated that 6,000 youth experience homelessness each night in Minnesota. 

Avenues operates six programs that provide safety, shelter and support to over 300 young people a year, including two shelter and transitional living homes in Brooklyn Park and North Minneapolis. We are here for young people, ages 16-24, and young families who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Learn more here: www.avenuesforyouth.org

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Avenues for Youth

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1708 Oak Park Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411



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