We collaborate with multiple community organizations to meet the needs of thousands of youth in a variety of ways, including:
- Violence Prevention Services – The YMCA works to prevent and reduce youth violence through goal setting and getting youth connected to resources through one on one support. The YMCA also engages young people through a culturally specific curriculum focused on the development of positive decision making skills, strengths and resiliency.
- Education Services – YMCA provides educational support for young people who are transitioning into out of home placement or are identified as truant from schools. Through the development of an educational support plan, young people work one on one with their Youth Support Specialist to reduce barriers to their educational success.
Foster Care Services
Youth involved in extended foster care, are preparing to leave care, or who have left care can get help with:
- Life coaching to become self-sufficient (including topics like budgeting, healthy cooking, healthy relationships) and achieve success
- Support programs following high levels of trauma and/or sexual exploitation
- Training and workshops to find employment
Hear from young people who have participated in the Y’s foster care services:
Homelessness Prevention and Housing
- Youth Resource Line - is a free resource line for youth and young adults 12-24 who are in need of community resources. YMCA staff offer referrals to YMCA or community resources based on young person’s needs. Call 763-493-3052 and leave a message.
- School, Street and Community Based Outreach Services - provide resources and referrals to youth who might not otherwise have access to those type of services. YMCA staff travel to meet youth where they are at and prove short-term life coaching including connections to YMCA and community resources.
- Prevention Resources - aim to prevent homelessness through life coaching, one time rental assistance and connection to community resources.
- Communities Host Home - The Anoka Communities Host Home Program bridges the gap between concerned community members and our homeless youth and young adults. Members of the community volunteer to host young people experiencing homelessness. The Y provides case management to facilitate transitions, minimize barriers and ensure that youth's goals are set and achieved.
- Young Parenting Program - The YMCA provides scattered-site transitional housing and intensive life coaching to young adult parents (and their children) as well as support of the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum and early childhood resources.
- Transitional Living Program - works to support young adults experiencing homelessness in the NW Suburbs with independence and stability. Young people continue to receive Life coaching services after they are settled into their own apartment, and are supported to set and achieve their life goals.
- Youth Food Shelves - Youth Food Shelves are staffed by outreach staff who can assist young people with food resources. Some food shelves also offers a program for youth to work in order to gain work experience and earn a small income.
Juvenile Justice Programs
Young people involved in the juvenile justice system can get help with employment, education and life-skills support through case management and skills development that will help youth be healthy, positive contributors to the community.