Affirmative Options works with its over 50 member organizations to advocate for public policy change at the intersection of welfare and work. Our goal is to promote policies that eliminate barriers and provide opportunities for low-income families to achieve economic security.
A community center located in South Minneapolis that provides services and programs to the HIV/AIDS community.
Asian Media Access
Asian Media Access (AMA) is a comprehensive, media-based community advocacy organization. AMA is dedicated to using multi-media and technology as tools for social betterment
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Catholic Charities serves those most in need. We are a leader at solving poverty, creating opportunity, and advocating for justice in the community. The advocacy office at Catholic Charities is the Office for Social Justice.
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
CLC is appointed by the court to provide legal representation to children who are either wards of the state – “legal orphans” – or have been removed from their homes because they are in need of protection. CLC also represents foster children who request help. CLC provides this quality representation free of charge.
Depot Coffee House
The Depot is a coffee house and youth community project, opened by area students in 1998 to create a chemically-free environment for teens.
District 202 continues to empower LGBT youth through a unique blend of programs, face-to-face interaction throughout the Twin Cities and online engagement
Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.
Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness
The Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness launched an initiative called Heading Home Hennepin, which aims to significantly reduce the rate of homelessness by 2016.
Hmong American Partnership
Based in Saint Paul, HAP provides Hmong and other refugee communities with services and support to help them adjust to life in America and maximize available opportunities.
Kulture Klub Collaborative
Kulture Klub Collaborative engages art and artistic practice to provide enriching opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness and artists to grow individually and to transform community.
Legal Services Advocacy Project
The Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP) serves low-income Minnesotans by engaging in legislative and administrative advocacy, conducting research and policy analysis and providing community education and training.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has responded to Minnesota’s changing needs by being wholly committed to making life better for our most vulnerable citizens.
Mental Health Association of Minnesota
Founded in 1939, we are the state’s first mental health advocacy and education organization. We listen to the needs of community members, respond to those needs, and work to make positive changes in the lives of individuals and in public policy.
Metro-Wide Engagement on Shelter and Housing
MESH is a unique collaboration of more than sixty nonprofits, government agencies, elected officials and providers of shelter and affordable housing services representing the seven counties of Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Carver, Washington, Scott and Anoka. The mission of MESH is to foster metro-wide partnerships and strengthen capacity to end homelessness.
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minneapolis Public Schools promises an inspirational education experience in a safe, welcoming environment for all diverse learners to acquire the tools and skills necessary to confidently engage in the global community.
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
MACMH’s mission is to promote positive mental health for all infants, children, adolescents and their families.
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition’s mission is to generate policies, community support, and local resources for housing and services to end homelessness in Minnesota.
Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies
MCCCA is a leading voice in maintaining and strengthening high-quality care and treatment for Minnesota’s emotionally-troubled children, children with behavior problems and their families.
Minnesota Psychological Association
Enhancing public and psychological interests by promoting the science of psychology and its applications.
MN School Social Workers Association
The Minnesota School Social Workers Association (MSSWA) is a politically responsive, state wide organization committed to the improvement of the school social work profession and to the well being of children and their families. This is accomplished by networking with other professional organizations, providing leadership, gathering and disseminating information and advocating for children.
Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work
The Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work advances the practice of clinical social work through professional development, endorsing ethical practice standards and through legislative and community advocacy on behalf of our clients.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – MN
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illness and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy.
National Association of Social Workers – MN
NASW works nationally, and through chapters in every state of the country, to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to make our state a place where LGBT Minnesotans have the freedom, power, and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives
Pillsbury United Communities
Pillsbury United Communities is a nonprofit organization working to create choice, change and connection for people from all walks of life.
State Advisory Council on Mental Health
The Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health is a 30 citizen group, appointed by the governor, representing consumers, family members, advocates, providers, elected officials, state department representatives and others from around the state.
Teenwise Minnesota is the statewide leader in promoting adolescent sexual health, preventing adolescent pregnancy and gaining support for adolescent parents. We achieve this by developing, strengthening and advancing science-based policies and programs
The Family Partnership
The Family Partnership will be seen as a premier multi-cultural resource for families, communities, and policy makers seeking to advance children’s development within a healthy family, supported by a strong community
Youth Policy Alliance
The Minnesota Alliance With Youth is the leading convener, collaborator and capacity-builder for youth development in Minnesota. We work with and for youth to ensure that all young people have access to fundamental resources proven to ensure that youth succeed
Youth Intervention Programs Association
YIPA is a nonprofit organization that has been providing professional development services to youth intervention professionals, increasing community awareness about youth intervention, promoting best practices within the field of youth intervention services, and advocating on behalf of its membership since 1978.
Shelters and Youth Services
Avenues for Homeless Youth (http://www.avenuesforyouth.org/)
Address: 1708 Oak Park Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone Number: 612-522.1690
Services: Provides shelter and transitional housing, a GLBT Host Home Program and a Suburban House Home Program, for youth ages 16-21
Bridge for Youth (http://www.bridgeforyouth.org/Main_Programs.html)
Address: 1111 West 22nd Street, Minneapolis MN 55405
Phone Number: 612-377-8800
Services: Provides an emergency shelter, family reunification programs, transitional living programs, youth housing programs and youth counseling
Evergreen Youth and Family Services (http://www.evergreenhouse.org/)
Address: 622 Mississippi Ave (for Crisis Shelter), 1418 Bemidji Ave N (for Drop-in Center)
Phone Number: 218-751-4332 (for Crisis Shelter), 218-444-5736 (for Drop-in Center)
Services: Provides youth and family crisis intervention services, family reunification, mentoring, leadership development and safe housing for youth and young adults
Hope Street Homeless Youth Services (http://www.cctwincities.org/HopeStreet)
Address: 1121 46th Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Services: Emergency shelter for youth ages 16-20, transitional living program for males ages 16-22, permanent supportive housing for ages 18-24, prevention services, case management, crisis counseling, school outreach for youth attending area high schools.
Lindquist Apartments (http://www.thelinkmn.org/lindquist-apartments)
Address: 1931 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Services: Permanent supportive housing for homeless youth 16+ in North Minneapolis
Teens Alone (http://www.teensalone.org/)
Address: 915 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Services: Provides counseling, crisis referral and youth homelessness prevention for ages 16-21 in the Eden Prairie, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Wayzata districts
Address: 41 North 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone Number: 612-252-1200
Services: Drop in center, on-site medical clinic, transitional living program and youth housing programs
YMCA Point Northwest (https://www.ymcatwincities.org/community_programs/social_services/youth_intervention_services/programs/ymca_point_northwest/)
Address: 2304 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis MN 55418
Services: Offers support for youth through outreach, community-based intervention, education, shelter services and transitional housing.