Avenues for Youth

Mission Statement

Avenues partners with youth experiencing homelessness to achieve their dreams.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments During FY2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020), Avenues for Youth provided shelter, transitional housing, and comprehensive support services to more than 300 youth in our programs. Of the youth supported during FY 2020, approximately 91% were BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color), with 81% identifying as African American; 7% multi-racial; and 3% Asian, American Indian, Middle Eastern or Other. MILESTONES: During FY20, we changed our name from Avenues for Homeless Youth to Avenues for Youth. Our youth have never labeled themselves as homeless. They have told us that homelessness is just part of their journey, but it does not define them. In response to that, we have legally changed our name to Avenues for Youth. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Some highlights from the past year at Avenues include: 1) Over 90% of youth in our transitional living programs made progress on their education and/or employment goals; 2) Two youth graduated from high school last spring. Both are going on to college, with scholarships this fall. One will be attending Howard University in Washington, DC and the other is going to Augsburg University in Minneapolis; 3) Over 45% of youth in our Avenues for Young Families program increased or maintained their employment income, exceeding our goal of 41%. Other Young Families participants advanced their education and training in order to achieve a livable wage; and 4) Over 89% of youth who moved out of the ConneQT host home program moved into stable living arrangements.
Current Goals Avenues for Youth has established the following program goals for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021: - Support more than 250 young people ages 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness. - At least 70% of youth who exit from programs will transition to stable housing. - At least 90% of youth in transitional living programs will make progress on a self-defined education or employment goal. - At least 41% of participants in the Young Families program will maintain or increase their employment income. - At least 5-10 new host homes identified and recruited for the ConneQT Host Home program.
Community or Constituency Served Youth experiencing homelessness who are between the ages of 16 to 24 years old.
Geographic Area Served Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (primarily Hennepin County)

Reports & Finances

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Major Program Expenses
Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Program:
Community-Based Housing Programs:
Young Families Rapid Rehousing Program:
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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 07/21/2020

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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1708 Oak Park Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: 612-522-1690

General Information

Alternative Name: Avenues for Homeless Youth, Avenues, Brooklyn Avenues, GLBT Host Home Program
EIN: 41-1765140
Principal Staff: Katherine Meerse
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 37
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 300
Ruling Year: 1995


Board Chair: Charles Tombarge
Number of Board Members: 13
Board Meetings with Quorum: 10
Average Member Attendance: 10.3

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