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Youth Connection Center

The Youth Connection Center is a 24/7 safe and supervised space for youth ages 10 through 17 who have been picked up for truancy, curfew or low level-offenses in Hennepin County.

This center is a collaboration between Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools and The Link.

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The Youth Connection Center provides immediate intervention, preventing youth from becoming the victims of violent crimes, offering them a positive alternative to incarceration and allowing police to be more present in the community by offering a place for youth to be dropped off.

The Youth Connection Center staff provide redirection and resource referrals for first-time offenders, ongoing case management for youth who need more support, and crisis support for families in need of immediate services.

Youth are screened for strengths and risk factors, connected to resources, returned to school or home and given follow-up services when appropriate (including case stabilization or case management).

Youth who visit the Youth Connection Center receive:

  • Risk and needs screening
  • Mental health screening and connections to on-going mental health therapy, if necessary
  • Assistance with parental and guardian involvement
  • Enrichment and educational activities
  • Informational on rights and responsibilities
  • Connections to resources and referrals to community services
  • Aftercare services tailored to the unique needs of each youth, including:
    • Case Stabilization: Short term services to youth who are experiencing crises
    • Case Management: One-to-one support for youth and families who need additional services
  • Connections and services for sexually exploited/trafficked youth
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