The number of homeless youth in Minnesota is on the rise. On any given night, homeless teens and young adults could fill half the hotel rooms in downtown Minneapolis.
WCCO is hosting a phone bank Monday to help homeless youth in our community. YouthLink provides services to homeless youth by helping them find counseling, medical care and other vital resources. They wrapped up a unique night of awareness Monday morning, where executives and city leaders from around the Twin Cities spent the night on the ground right in downtown Minneapolis.
More than 60 of the Twin Cities top business leaders are trading their warm beds for a sleeping bag Sunday night. It’s part of YouthLink’s executive sleep-out known as the “Night of Hope.” They’ll spend the night outside, just like thousands of homeless people do each night.
It’s time to say thank you for your generosity. We partnered up with YouthLink, an organization that helps young people get off the streets, and throughout our phone bank Tuesday we helped raise more than $41,000.
You won’t find them holding signs at busy intersections. Nor will they sit on Nicollet Mall begging for money. Instead they move stealth-like, hiding behind corners, ducking into city parks, trying not to be seen. They’re homeless and they just happen to be teenagers.
For four decades, YouthLink has been helping homeless youth with food, counseling and academic support.