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Dream Maker Spotlight with Rebecca Spartz

November 29, 2022

Rebecca Spartz joined the Dream Maker Society just over a year ago and has been a longtime supporter of Avenues. Her career working with people facing great challenges, starting as a social worker, has been a significant influence in her life. Rebecca currently holds the position of Director, Behavioral Health…

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Youth Experience: Home at Brooklyn Avenues

October 31, 2022

Alexi, a 19 year-old living at Brooklyn Avenues, recently shared about their experience in the program and how it’s the people and personal connections that have made the difference during their stay. Read Alexi’s interview below.  “I wish that people knew that homelessness should not be something taken as people…

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Holiday Program 2022!

October 31, 2022

Join the Holiday Event at Avenues! One of the most special ways to get involved with Avenues is to fulfill a youth wish list this holiday season. Each year, we rely on our community to make sure every youth at Avenues has gifts to open and feels that holiday cheer.  …

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Donor Highlight: Meet Sheri and Emily

August 26, 2022

A Mother Introduced to Avenues by her Daughter  Sheri Johnson has been supporting Avenues for over six years. She is a Dream Maker, a board member, and a wonderful friend of Avenues. However, Sheri’s daughter, Emily Beck, is the longtime Avenues supporter of the family. Sheri and Emily recently shared…

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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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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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