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The Realities Emerson Wants You to Know 

May 5, 2022

“People don’t realize how complex existing is when you don’t have a support frame of people helping you,” Emerson, a youth at Avenues, recently said.  Emerson moved into Avenues last September when they were 17 years old. Since then, they’ve celebrated their 18th birthday, and are working towards getting their…

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Barriers for Minors Experiencing Homelessness

March 31, 2022

“A lot of people don’t realize that if you become homeless before you’re 18, it’s a waiting game.” Emerson Emerson is a digital artist. They’re learning to turn photos of people into digital portraits using their tablet. They also just celebrated a birthday at Avenues, and were surprised with a…

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Volunteers Needed this Summer

March 19, 2022

Avenues for Youth is partnering with the Minnesota Twins this summer by staffing a concession stand (selling pretzels, sodas, etc.) for ten games over the course of the season. For each game we need 5-10 volunteers, and volunteers can sign up for more than one game. In exchange for your…

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Advocate for Youth During the 2022 Minnesota Legislative Session

March 16, 2022

Join Avenues for Youth in advocating for resources to support youth experiencing homelessness during the 2022 Minnesota legislative session! The stakes are higher than ever as 13,300 youth in Minnesota will experience homelessness this year alone.  Avenues works to ensure the safety and dignity of young people on their journey…

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Meet Toni in Twenty Questions

March 8, 2022

On this International Women’s Day, Avenues is highlighting Toni, a Youth Support Specialist and Food Coordinator at Minneapolis Avenues. Toni has been with Avenues for almost a year and has been essential during the pandemic in keeping our North Minneapolis shelter and transitional living program running smoothly. Thank you Toni for…

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Meet Gavin, A Young Person at Avenues

February 23, 2022

Gavin, a twenty-year-old at Avenues, recently shared about his experience in the program and what he thinks society can be doing better for youth. Read his interview below. What do you think society can do better for youth? Easier schools with more help. School was pretty hard for me. I…

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New Members Join Avenues’ Board of Directors

February 21, 2022

Avenues is excited to share that five new members have joined our Board of Directors! Last month we introduced three members, and are excited to share that Susan Grelling and Molly Monahan have also joined our board. Learn more about Susan and Molly below. Molly Monahan, Director of IT Project…

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Successful Meet and Greet in ConneQT

January 21, 2022

ConneQT, a host home program of Avenues, provides LGBTQI+ youth culturally responsive housing within their community of choice. In ConneQT, youth choose which community member they live with and those community members provide housing and food, while Avenues staff provides wrap-around services and support. Youth determination is at the center of…

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New Members Join Avenues’ Board of Directors

January 21, 2022

Avenues is excited to share that five new members have joined our Board of Directors! Over the next two months we’ll share a little about each member, starting with Mikal Nabors, Kopper Joi Overton, and Sam Blackwell. Please join us in welcoming our new members and read more about them…

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Barriers to Job Hunting

December 28, 2021

Kell is 20-years-old and living at Avenues. He’s happy to have a mailing address and a washer and dryer. He thinks Toni, a Youth Support Specialist on team, is “cool AF,” and wants Avenues to create programs for first time renters with no credit. He doesn’t believe there should be…

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