Helping homeless youth transition from surviving the streets to thriving young adults!
Give to the Max Day 2017
This year Give to the Max Day donations will support our our critical, life-changing supports: mental health therapy, nursing, education and career support, life skills training, after-care support and more. Your gift to Avenues will help more than 300 youth and young families in 2018 leave homelessness behind and have a thriving future.
Our goal is to raise $30,000 this Give to the Max Day! This year, your donation will have twice the impact -- Avenues' Board of Directors will match donations up to $15,000.
Youth Homelessness In Minnesota
Wilder Research now conservatively estimates that over 6000 young people are homeless every night and on their own in Minnesota. And the number keeps growing.
When homeless youth come to Avenues, they have faced serious trauma and struggle with physical and mental health challenges. They try to stay in school, but their days are dominated by wondering if they'll have food to eat and a safe place to sleep every night.
Without intervention and support, homeless youth are prey to sex traffickers.
BUT, when youth access Avenues for Homeless Youth, they find safe housing and all the supports they need to heal from their trauma and transition to a successful young adulthood!
Avenues for Homeless Youth supports over 300 youth a year through our six programs:
1) Minneapolis Avenues, a 21-bed shelter and transitional housing program in North Minneapolis
2) Brooklyn Avenues, a 12-bed shelter and transitional housing program serving youth from the northwest suburbs
3) The GLBT Host Home Program for the 20-40% of youth experiencing homelessness who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, average stay of one year
4) The ConneQT Host Home Program for the 20-40% of youth experiencing homelessness who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, stay of one week to three months
5) The Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Program for youth in the city of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs
6) Avenues for Young Families support youth with up to two children.
Avenues also seeks system change - to eliminate youth homelessness through social justice education and organizing in the community. Please visit our website for more information: www.avenuesforyouth.org