Wildflyer Coffee is a coffee company that hires and trains youth experiencing homelessness throughout the Twin Cities, giving them the tools and skills they need to leave homelessness, achieve self-sufficiency and build the future they deserve.
Every day, there are approximately 6,000 youth ages 16-24 in Minnesota that experience homelessness. These are people's sons or daughters, siblings, and friends, who are not only fighting to fit in with their peers but trying to find basic needs like food and shelter. The likelihood is high that these vulnerable youth will experience untreated mental health disorders, struggle with substance use, engage in survival sex or trafficking, become victims of violent crime or suicide.
The youth we've seen in our employment program are resilient and motivated. They attend high school in Minneapolis while trying to find housing and even walk or bike to their shifts from miles outside the city. They are determined...and we want to show them that same dedication.
Youth report the most significant barrier they face when coming out of homelessness is a lack of stable employment. At Wildflyer Coffee, we offer a training program and other resources to not only help them meet their basic needs but to help them live a stable and fulfilling life. We BELIEVE they can do great things...actually, we know they can because we've seen it.
COVID-19 dramatically altered an already challenging reality for youth experiencing homelessness. As unemployment rises and entry-level jobs decrease, youth are facing higher barriers than ever before. We are working hard to increase program capacity and keep creating employment for those who need it most. During SpringForwardMN this May, we need to raise $10,000 to expand our program supports. In addition to paid work, our youth need housing assistance, mental health referrals, skills coaching, education help, and future career planning. It's crucial to support our youth holistically so they graduate from our program fully equipped with the skills and confidence to succeed.
When you donate, you are standing with us in the fight against youth homelessness. You are showing you believe in the futures of youth like Lucy, who are truly soaring. We're coming out of a tough time in our community, but we, and our youth, are ready for new possibilities and potentials.