You have stood with us, shoulder-to-shoulder, as meaningful, responsive partners to help us reduce mental and physical health disparities and barriers facing the more than 2,000 young people experiencing homelessness that we serve annually.”
Dr. Heather Huseby, Executive Director of YouthLink.
Last year, YouthLink was awarded a $200,000 strategic grant from the Medica Foundation to create one of the nation’s first integrative health and wellness service models for youth experiencing homelessness.
The new health and wellness service model will focus on the health disparities young people face, such as access to physical fitness, adequate sleep, and ongoing support for their mental and emotional health. It embeds holistic health and wellness care across all programs and services, providing one-stop access to health care, case management, and mental health services and resources.
YouthLink serves vulnerable youth ages 16-24, who are “invisible” to established social support systems. Many have a history of childhood trauma, mental health challenges, substance use – and in some cases, incarceration or histories with law enforcement. YouthLink’s drop-in center is a welcoming place to interact with caring adults and connect with services to achieve stable lives, better health and self-reliance.
“YouthLink provides essential services for youth experiencing homelessness that can positively affect their health and change the course of their lives,” said John Naylor, Medica president and CEO. “Medica is honored to provide YouthLink financial support and I’m proud of the many ways our employees have rallied around this outstanding organization.”