YouthLink

A nonprofit organization

$13,356 raised by 92 donors

89% complete

$15,000 Goal


"YouthLink isn’t just a facility. It isn’t just a Drop-In Center. It isn’t just a place you can come eat at and have a kick-it ticket. YouthLink is a safe space. You know there’s people here who love you." - Sydney, Age 19

YouthLink is more than just a place. We're a refuge. Open for more than 45 years, YouthLink provides resources to teens and young adults experiencing and at risk of homelessness.  Your support allows young people (more than 85% BIPOC) to rely on YouthLink as their first point of contact for individualized, compassionate services as they begin their journeys from homeless to hopeful. 

Last year, YouthLink helped 1,629 young people during 12,170 visits. As of October 1, visits are aSydney with Ko, Youth Services Directorlready 8% higher than in 2022... with three months left to go!  

This increased need is part of a larger trend. From 2021 to 2022, YouthLink served 56% more youth. More youth visiting means more hot meals, more clothes and diapers distributed, more youth seeking mental health services, more rental assistance, and more showers and laundry (higher utility costs). YouthLink needs your support now more than ever.

Sydney is 19 years old and has been coming to YouthLink since she was 16. Because of her own drive to achieve her goals, along with the resources and support she received at YouthLink, Sydney and her one-year-old son are now housed.

As a peer outreach worker with YouthLink, Sydney distributes basic needs (snacks, water, hand warmers, gloves, hats, etc.) to youth on the streets and connects them to the safe space and services YouthLink offers. 

"I know there are people that look forward to coming here because of the things that we have. That conversation, you can talk to anybody here. It’s very open, it’s very comfortable. You know, charge your phone, get you some food, talk, meditate. We have groups, music, studio time. You can come get your shower, you can get some food, you can have a conversation, you can do something to make you feel better. YouthLink is just a safe space all around. You’re good here. There’s love here."

With more youth already served this year than all of 2022, your support will help YouthLink provide them with essential, life-saving resources. We need to raise an additional $430,000 in the next few months to serve all of the youth coming to us for services. Your gift, every gift, will have a big impact right now! 

We hope you will partner with us to resource and support these amazing young people to move from surviving to thriving, homeless to hopeful. Your gift will change lives.

Sydney with Kiki (Mobile Outreach Case Manager) and Jeremiah (Peer Outreach Worker) Outreach at an encampment last winter. 

There is a 6.9% service charge for donating through givemn.org. This is a processing fee and YouthLink does not profit from this. If you would like to add this fee to your donated amount, 100% of your intended donation will go to YouthLink.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

YouthLink

Tax id (EIN)

41-1341773

Categories

Children & Family Community

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Led

BIPOC Led

Address

41 N 12th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone

612-252-1200

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