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Avenues for Homeless Youth

Avenues for Homeless Youth provides emergency shelter, short-term hosuing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a ositive transition into young adulthood.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 5/27/2014
1708 Oak Park Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: (612)522-1690
Fax: (612)522-1633
EIN 41-1765140
Principal Staff Deborah Loon,
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 13
Board meetings with quorum 8
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 8.6
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Avenues helps homeless youth move from "surviving the streets to thriving young adults." Through its programs, youth are able to find safety and stability, begin to heal from their trauma, then set and pursue their personal goals. Of the 164 youth supported in the North Minneapolis Program during 2013, 105 participated in the transitional living program and 59 used the overnight emergency bed (total of 178 nights). Approximately, 85% of youth who access this program are youth of color. 100% of the youth participants in Avenues' Transitional Living Program develop individual goal plans and work toward their goals of achieving stability, health and wellness, education, employment, life skills and independent living. About 70% of those youth move into a stable living situation when they leave Avenues. Our after-care coordinator continues to support all youth who have moved out, to help those in housing remain stable and to help those not in housing to secure a more stable living situation or return to Avenues. Youth participants in our GLBT Host Home Program, Minneapolis Host Home Program and Suburban Host Home Program live an average of 8 to 9 months with their volunteer hosts. During that time, they experience stability, support and build relationship. About 70% of the youth move into stable living situations when they leave their host home.
Current Goals
Avenues will support at least 200 homeless youth this year through its four programs and expects to achieve similar objective outcomes as described above. In addition, Avenues is working with community partners in the northwest suburbs of Hennepin County to create a new 10 to 12 bed shelter and transitional housing program. "Brooklyn Avenues" will be located in Brooklyn Park and will support homeless youth from the northwest suburbs. It is expected to open in late 2014.
Community or Constituency Served
Homeless, unaccompanied youth ages 16 - 21
Geographic Area Served
Youth participants primarily come from the Twin Cities, but some come from Greater Minnesota and other states.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $807,122 85.1%
Management: $77,373 8.2%
Fundraising: $63,406 6.7%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $466,181 $312,619 $286,348
Beginning of Year $312,619 $286,348 $248,236
Difference $153,562 $26,271 $38,112
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $466,181
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
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