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Thank You to Pilgrim House Unitarian Universalist Church!

May 22, 2023

On Sunday May 21st, The Pilgrim House community welcomed Avenues for Youth to lead a “Pride Chat” conversation about LGBTQI+ youth homelessness. Over 400+ laws have been introduced over passed across 21 states that specifically target the LGBTQI+ community, and trans and non-binary youth in particular. This ugly political and…

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Osseo Lions Roar with Support!

May 22, 2023

The Osseo Lions Club is one of the most generous and consistent supporters of Avenues for Youth. Ever since ground was broken on the Brooklyn Park Avenues shelter in 2013, this club has consistent showed up and shown support for young people experiencing homelessness. Each year the Lions, a club…

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Topline Gives Again!

May 22, 2023

During February and March, the Topline Financial Credit Union Community collected hundreds of diapers and baby wipes for the Young Families Program at Avenues for Youth. This collection will provide critical support for 15 families that include over 20 toddlers under the age of four. Approximately 35% of youth experiencing…

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Our Fraternity Friends

April 27, 2023

A group of brothers living in Minnesota from the Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. donated welcome bags to Avenues for Youth. This organization’s mission to build better brotherhood and promoting unity among gay men and supporting progressive social and civic welfare. The members act as ambassadors of the African-American LGBTQ+…

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Gay for Good is GREAT

April 26, 2023

Avenues for Youth owes a special thank you to the Minnesota chapter of Gay for Good. This organization is purposed at volunteering in order to promote diversity, inclusion and strengthening ties to the community. Avenues’ annual event, Building on Dreams, could not have happened without the dedicated and determined help…

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Snack Packs from the UMN Carlson Alumni

April 26, 2023

Thank you Mike and everyone at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management Alumni Group. Last month they got together for a volunteer day and assembled, packed, and delivered healthy shelf-stable snacks to community groups across the Twin Cities. Mike know of Avenues through his wife’s old med…

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Thank you (again) to the St. Thomas Badminton Club

April 26, 2023

The biggest and baddest club on campus at the University of St. Thomas is none other than the Badminton Club! They not only care about having a good time whacking a shuttlecock back and forth, but also taking care of their community, and they do so delicisouly. For the Spring…

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Avenues is selected for the 2023 Damus Award

April 26, 2023

We are so honored to share that Avenues for Youth has been selected for the 2023 Damus Award! Executive director, Katherine Meerse, accepted the award at a dinner in McNeely Hall on Thursday, April 20, 2023 along with board member Jenna Shermoen, program manager Ryan Berg, and director of development…

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Midwest Sociological Society Social Action Award

March 28, 2023

On Friday March 24th, Executive Director, Katherine Meerse and Young Families Program Manager, Karesia Coley attended the reception for the Midwest Sociological Society Conference and represent Avenues as recipients of the Social Action Award. The Social Action Committee selects two organizations each year to recognize for their grassroots work in…

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Thank You Jack and Jill Program

March 28, 2023

Avenues for Youth was proud to partner with the Jack and Jill Program on Sunday the 26th of March. Development Director, Melissa Cuff and Youth Support Specialist, Dara, met with a group of middle school students and three of their Moms, to talk about young people experiencing homelessness. The Jack…

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