We are a coffee company that hires and trains youth experiencing homelessness throughout the Twin Cities, giving them the tools and skills they need to build the future they deserve.
Everyday, 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 struggling to fit in with their peers, but struggling 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'll attend high school in Minneapolis while trying to find housing, and even walk or bike to their shifts from miles outside of the city. They are determined...and we want to show them that same dedication.
Youth report the biggest 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 get 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.
When you donate, you are standing with us in the fight against youth homelessness. You are believing in the futures of youth like Val, who is that much closer to achieving her dream of opening her own bakery someday. You are helping us show them it's what they deserve. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we need to care for each other and love on our community. As the weather starts getting colder and staying at homeless shelters becomes more dangerous due to COVID-19, we need your support this winter season. Together, we can build brighter futures and serve the people who need us most.
"Children are always the only future the human race has; Teach them well." -Unknown