Abule (A-boo-lay) translates to “The Village” in the Yoruba language. Abule is a collective housing program for youth who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) where community members share their home and resources with youth experiencing homelessness.

Abule centers BIPOC wisdom by re-learning cultural approaches and utilizing youth leadership. It supports housing youth who are experiencing homelessness through community ownership and partnership. In the program, youth and community members create a shared experience and approach power collaboratively. This means that power is not held over youth, but shared. We recognize that youth in the program have much to teach us, and that community members have much to teach them.

Community Members Needed

Ubuntu (uu-boon-too) is an African philosophy that translates to “I am because we are.” According to Desmond Tutu, "a person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm, willing to share" and recognizes the urgency for a collective we. It is something an individual or community can have, share, take action on and be. Ubuntu is a tool, and can create a brighter, inclusive and thriving world for youth experiencing homelessness. We are looking for BIPOC community members who share this philosophy of Ubuntu to open their home to a youth experiencing homelessness.

If you’re interested in learning more or would like to become a community member in the program, contact Program Manager Murad Owda.

Email at mowda@avenuesforyouth.org or call 612-750-9503

To Become A Community Member, You Must:
  • Be willing to have a young person to live with you
  • Black, Indigenous or a person of color
  • 25 years or older
  • Have an extra, private, space in your home
  • Live in the Twin Cities Metro area
  • Have renter/homeowner insurance (able to
    provide a copy if requested)
  • Complete the engagement and relearning process 

Youth In Abule

Youth in the program identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color. They’re 18-24 years old and are experiencing homelessness. Pairing happens with one youth and one family. While in the program, Avenues’ team will work side by side with youth to provide needed support and skills that can be carried with them through their life journey.