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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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Raven’s Story

December 9, 2021

“My dream is for people to actually love themselves and not have race conflicts. To not be judged.” – Raven, a former youth at Avenues *Raven recently moved out of an Avenues program. She has a lot of advice for youth who might stay at Avenues, including to wear shower…

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Youth Want Affordable Housing

November 29, 2021

Learn about youth homelessness from Justice, an 18-year-old living at Avenues. Justice’s interview highlights the impact of Minnesota’s housing and rental market. Currently, the Twin Cities have the worst housing shortage in the nation. On top of that, the average cost for an apartment in Minneapolis is over $1,500 a…

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Tia’s Story

September 30, 2021

“It’s just like your own house if you were to stay here,” Tia* said about staying at Avenues. Tia moved into Avenues over the summer, and after only a month in the program she has advice for youth who may stay at Avenues in the future. “It’s going to feel…

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Meet Alexis, a Mom in Avenues’ Young Families Program

August 4, 2021

Alexis, a parenting youth in our Avenues Young Families Program, shared about her experience and expertise on the program. In this program, single or coupled parents receive rental support while working one-on-one with Avenues staff on their goals. The program supports twelve families at a time, and parents are 18-24…

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December 2018 AveNews

January 7, 2019

What Being A Leader Means To Messiah “I’m leaving work, about to get on the bus to go home, and I hear gun shots and people screaming. So I go up the street and I know the thirteen year old who got shot,” Messiah* said. “It’s been a life struggle (violence)…

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