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Resources for youth

Every young person’s journey to adulthood is different. Find information to get the right help at the right time.

Connect with the Office of Multicultural Services to get any information on this page translated.

Take a self-assessment of your well-being with the Well-Being Indicator Tool for Youth.

For statewide resources check out MN Help for Youth, 211, and YSNMN. For emergency services:

  • Text the word “safe” and your current location to 4HELP (44357)
  • Text 612-400-SAFE (7233) or call 612-377-8800
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Health insurance

Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP)

When scheduling an appointment at a clinic, ask if your insurance is accepted at that location. If you need to replace your Medical Assistance Card, visit MHCP Member Help Desk.

MNsure

Choose the best coverage for your needs. Visit MNsure online.

Portico Healthnet

Find help getting enrolled and navigating health systems Visit Portico Healthnet online.

Clinics

Child and Teen Checkups

Program services: help people younger than 20 years old to schedule doctors' appointments. Learn more about the program.

Got Transition

Program services: information on how to transition from getting healthcare as a youth to an adult. Learn more about Got Transition.

Myself My Health

Program services: website lists clinics for young adults in the Twin Cities metro area. Visit a clinic near your neighborhood.

Other clinics

Relationships

LGBTQIA+

MIWRC

Program goals: support, advocacy and activities that utilize traditional teachings and other cultural strengths to encourage healing, build resilience and counter the normalization of violence for Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ, women, and families.

Outfront

Program goals: free, confidential crisis counseling and advocacy services about gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual/romantic attractions. Visit Outfront Minnesota.

RECLAIM

Program goals: increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms including partnerships with healthcare resources. Visit RECLAIM online.

Transgender Health Project Shot Clinic

Program goals: concerned trans individuals helping out other trans folks with their hormone shots. Learn more about the clinic.

Sexual health

AMAZE

Program goals: take the awkward out of sex education and give you the answers you want to know about sex, your body, and relationships. Visit AMAZE.

Better Together Hennepin

Program goals: programs and services so that all young people have access to sexual education, high-quality reproductive health care, healthy youth development opportunities, and connections to caring adults. Visit the Better Together Hennepin webpage.

Love is respect

Program goals: chat, call, and text 24/7 services to get assistance on dating and relationships. Visit the Love Is Respect website.

Myself My Health

Program goals: clinic list and resources for teens and young adults in the Twin Cities metro area that provide confidential sexual and reproductive health care. Visit Myself My Health.

Red Door Clinic

Program goals: sexual health services including pregnancy, STD and HIV testing for anyone. Visit the Red Door Clinic website.

Sexual Health Hotline

Program goals: give confidential information and services via phone, text, and web chat on family planning and STDs. Visit the program website.

That’s not cool

Program goals: raise awareness for healthy relationships, online and in-person. Visit That's Not Cool.

Victims of violence

Hennepin Assault Response Team (HART)

Program goals: medical care and support for patients who report sexual assault, human trafficking/sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and child abuse. Visit the HART webpage.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Program goals: advocates who are available around the clock to talk confidentially with anyone who is experiencing domestic violence and is seeking resources, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationships.

No Wrong Door

Program goals: assistance to youth who have been or are at risk of being sexually exploited.

Other services

If you or someone you know is being sexually exploited or trafficked:

Mental health and substance use

Hennepin County can help children and adults find and receive mental health services and help with substance use disorders. Hennepin offers evaluations, therapy and education.

Emergencies

Mental health crises

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Program goals: free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit the Youth: Lifeline webpage.

Find a therapist

Search for mental health clinic in your school. Talk with your local school district or school counselor for assistance.

Specific to black girls

Find the therapist for you.

Specific to queer and trans youth

RECLAIM increases access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms including partnerships with healthcare resources.

Specific to victims of trauma

Find your therapist.

Find a mental health clinic

Fast Tracker

Program goals: real-time service available for mental health clinics and treatment options. Visit Fast Tracker for mental health resources.

Hennepin County Mental Health Center

Program goals: ongoing, comprehensive, client-centered treatment that provides assessments and evaluation, therapy and education, medications services, and whole person care. Learn more about the center.

Find services for substance abuse

Fast Tracker

Program goals: real-time service available for mental health clinics and treatment options. Visit Fast Tracker for substance use resources.

Southside Harm Reduction Services

Program goals: work within a harm reduction framework to promote human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances. Visit Southside Harm Reduction Services online.

Learn to handle stress

Find tips and tools for how to handle stressors in life. These free, online resources provide opportunities to journal and give ideas on how to manage stress.

Services for people with disabilities

For young people with disabilities

Both programs help young people with disabilities to develop self-advocacy skills and increase success in the classroom, at home and in the community.

Live independently

Tools and information on health coverage

The path to homeownership is different for everyone. Check out the MN Homeownership Center to take your first step.

Search for housing opportunities

Financial assistance

For those facing barriers in the private market

Find services including group residential housing, board and lodging, supportive housing, and independent living.

Find housing for individuals who have recently or are about to be released from a detention facility for six to eight months.

Staying with a friend or family member

When the guest and the host have shared expectations, staying temporarily at someone’s house while looking for a place to live can be a safe option. It’s important that the guest follows the rules set by the lease and landlord. Hosts should set clear boundaries about how long the guest may stay and what is expected in terms of payment, chores and house rules.

If at any time the guest feels unsafe, they should:

For homes that host young people

Find support and training to host young people for a temporary or longer-term stay.

Living Skills classes

Text "ILS" to the phone number 22454 to receive text alerts for upcoming virtual workshops at the YMCA. Learn more about youth services at the YMCA.

Domestic violence

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides advocates who are available every day, around the clock, to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence seeking resources, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationships. Visit the hotline's website.

Find Minnesota-specific resources and shelter options at MN Day One.

For those at risk of sexual exploitation

Hennepin County offers housing options for youth who have been or are at risk of sexual exploitation.

If you or someone you know is being sexually exploited or trafficked:

Homelessness

At risk of eviction or homelessness

Support is available for people who are at risk of eviction or homelessness through

Basic needs

Hennepin County supports your basic needs at drop-in centers.

Locations

Other vital resources

Shelter beds and other housing options

Find shelter beds through the Youth Services Network.

If you experience homelessness, live on the street or in a place unfit to live:

Find a school

Programs and support

For young parents

MNVA Pathways is a program to help youth who are expecting, pregnant or parenting and youth involved in juvenile justice decide what educational pathway is right for them. They provide:

  • Outreach
  • Academic and career assessments
  • Onsite GED prep
  • Career and vocational training
  • Paid internships
  • Case management to students enrolled in the program

Learn more about the Pathways program.

For youth in the foster system

Explore the local network of schools to increase educational and employment opportunities for youth and young adults, 14 to 21 years old, who are in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, teen parents, and/or are homeless or highly mobile.

GED and vocational training

Hennepin County libraries

Increasing school attendance

Be@School supports youth and families in increasing school attendance.

Learning disabilities

Identify and find support through the Learning Disabilities Association.

Higher education

Higher education refers to any type of education you receive after graduating high school or obtaining your GED. To find information about preparing for, choosing and financing college, visit your high school's college and career center or explore the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's website.

Earning college credit in high school

The Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program allows rising 11–12-grade students to take college courses while in high school and obtain dual credit for high school and college at free cost. Learn about more about the PSEO program.

Destination: Diploma to Degree (D3) at Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a PSEO college program open to students enrolled at approved alternative learning centers (ALC). D3 helps students who are behind in high school credits or who have dropped out earn a high school diploma and take college classes, while working towards a college degree. Visit D3 online.

Program and support

Help to get to college

Talk to your high school counselor to learn more.

Money for college

If you were in foster care after your 16th birthday, you may be eligible for an education and training voucher that provides money for college, including two-year, four-year and certificate programs. Learn more about the ETV Program.

If you graduated from a Minneapolis or St. Paul high school, you may qualify for free tuition at certain colleges. Talk to your high school counselor about The Power of You program.

Look for scholarships at:

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school. Access the FAFSA.

Lifelong learning

Literacy MN offers classes for people 17 years or older in:

  • English
  • GED
  • Math
  • Computers
  • Job skills

Hennepin County libraries:

The Best Buy Teen Tech Centers makes technology available to teens for:

  • Music and video production
  • Interactive programming
  • Digital photography
  • Graphic design

Transportation

There are many options to get from place to place within Hennepin County. Whether you have your own vehicle or utilize public transportation, there are many ways to get around Hennepin County.

Biking

Rent a bicycle or scooter

Light rail and bus

Public transportation can be an affordable option. Use Metro Transit to ride via:

Check out if you qualify for $1 rides with the Transit Assistance Program.

NEMT provides Medical Assistance (MA) members with the safest, most appropriate and cost-effective mode of transportation to get to and from nonemergency medical service appointments. Learn more about NEMT.

Driving and ride sharing

Ride sharing apps allow you to get picked and dropped off.

Drivers license

Get a car

New Gate Schools provides refurbished vehicles. Check if you qualify.

Personal identification

Having a form of identification is important to find a job, ensure public safety, and to get services. Some locations will accept alternative forms of identification including school ID, library card, and/or city ID. You can prove identification and residence by bringing in a piece of mail with your name and address on it or a bank statement.

Learn how to get a:

Immigration and documentation questions

Registration and voting

People 18 years and older are able to register and vote in local, state, and federal elections.

Navigating the process

Check out the college and career center at your local high school or explore your options with the following resources:

Career help in person

Find your local Career Force Center.

For those with a criminal record

Training programs, internships and certifications

Training programs provide year-round and summer jobs and individualized training services for youth, ages 14 to 24.

Find youth career opportunities

Your pathway to a career

Volunteer and lead

Advisory councils and boards

There are many advisory councils and boards throughout Hennepin County that seek young people to advise decision making. Ask any organization you are involved with if they need support for their advisory council. Check out:

Environmental activism

AmeriCorps and the MN GreenCorps look for individuals of all ages to give their time and talent to strengthen our communities and protect Minnesota's environment.

Hennepin County

Do you have an experience or expertise that you would be able to provide? Connect with the volunteer team to learn more about volunteering at Hennepin County.

Help for young parents

Hennepin County offers a number of programs that help young parents. Find the program that works best for you. Staff, particularly the Youth Eligibility Team, direct, connect, and assist young parents online and through the phone through the Human Service Center.

Parenting support

Early childhood intervention services

Program services: support and education from pregnancy to kindergarten. Learn more about the county's early childhood intervention program.

FamilyWise Bright Beginnings

Program services: education around parenting, social, and independent living skills; pregnancy prevention; physical, chemical and mental health. The program services pregnant and parenting youth ages 12–21. Learn more about FamilyWise Bright Beginnings.

FATHER Project

Program services: support network for fathers. Learn more about the FATHER Project.

Hennepin Health through MVNA

Program services: home visiting, educational supports, and guidance for young parents. Learn more about MVNA.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Program services: food vouchers for expecting women or parents with children younger than five. Learn more about WIC.

Cash and food

A livable income can help you support yourself and your family. However, some of us may need assistance to reach financial security. There are various ways to manage money such as using free services to come up with a good financial plan and/or applying for benefits if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Budgeting and saving

Free tax prep

Help to allocate your income

Cash and food

Cash and food assistance are available through Hennepin County depending on life circumstances, household size and type, and other factors.

Accessing benefits

Find food and supplies

Find locations offering groceries, household items and other supplies with Twin Cities mutual aid.

Locate food shelves through:

Emergency assistance

Health benefits and disability accommodations

Find help identifying the most affordable and beneficial health insurance (MNsure).

Get assistance finding affordable accommodations for individuals with disabilities (MnCHOICES Assessment).

After-school opportunities near you

Connect with your community to have fun, receive support to excel in school and move your body.

Community justice

County information and services

Drop-in centers and basic needs

For those who have a criminal record

Safe space

There is a safe and supervised space 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Youth Connection Center for people ages 10 to 17. Learn more about the center

Foster care

Hennepin County helps young people that have been separated from their family. Fostering and adoption provide safe places to heal with the support of caring adults. Learn more about foster care and adoption through the county.

Building skills for independent living

C2I

The Connections to Independence (C2I) provide support for young people to build skills and ensure that they are able to live independently in the community of their choice including life coaches, workshops, and leadership opportunities. Visit C2I online.

Foster Advocates

The Foster Advocates Resource Guide helps users navigate various resources related to education, housing, health, legal, leadership and mentoring, and more. View the guide.

YMCA

The YMCA offers Independent Living Skills classes regularly. All workshops are available virtually.

Youth in Transition Conferencing

Youth in Transition Conferencing is a series of meetings to help young people plan for living independently with their circle of support. The process draws on the young person’s strengths, interests and goals to set a course for future independence and life success. If you are interested, you can talk to your primary social worker.

Financial assistance, scholarships and housing

College Possible Minnesota

Program goal: provide every youth aging out of foster care access to a college education. Learn more about College Possible Minnesota.

Extended Foster Care

Program services: continued help to young people that turn 18 while in care up to the age of 21. Individuals receive a cash stipend while working or continuing their education to support their transition. Learn more about extended foster care.

nsoro Foundation

Program services: academic scholarships and college-prep programs for foster care youth. Learn how to apply.

Post-secondary training and education

Young people are able to access funds for post-secondary training and education. Ask your case worker for more assistance or apply online.

STAY (Successful Transition to Adulthood for Youth) funds

Funds are available for young people to use at their discretion. Talk to your case worker about receiving extra cash assistance to visit a family member, go on a college tour, sign up for driver’s education, or anything you may need extra funds for. Learn more about this funding.

Health insurance

Starting at age 18 and up to age 26, health insurance and medical coverage is provided to youth in out-of-home placement. Connect with your case worker or find enrollment assistance at:

LGBTQIA+ resources

Connect with LGBTQ resources compiled for youth in care by the University of Minnesota.

Obtaining essential documents

Vital records are documents that certified major events in one’s life (i.e. birth, death and marriage certificates etc.)

Before you leave foster care, make sure you have these essential documents for your records:

Connect with your case worker for assistance getting these documents. Get secure vital document storage, housing and disability assistance through my vault on DB (Disability Benefits) 101 or HB (Housing Benefits) 101.

Legal Assistance

The following resources can help you navigate legal questions or get legal help with areas such as housing, employment, warrants, immigrations, and more.

Community Mediation and Restorative Services

Program services: mediation and restorative justice to develop the capacity of our community to respectfully resolve conflict and repair harm. Visit CMRS online.

Immigration and documentation

Law Help MN

Program services: guidance across a wide array of law topics including family, immigration, benefits, abuse and crime victims, and criminal. Visit Law Help MN online.

Legal Aid

Program services: information for youth on concerns such as abuse, employment, school enrollment, evictions, and access to government benefits. Visit Legal Aid online.

Minnesota Courts

Office of Justice Programs – Help for Crime Victims

Program services: financial help to victims and their families for losses incurred as a result of the crime. Learn more about help for crime victims.

Mental health and substance use

Hennepin County can help children and adults find and receive mental health services and help with substance use disorders. Hennepin offers evaluations, therapy and education.

Emergencies

Mental health crises

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Program goals: free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit the Youth: Lifeline webpage.

Find a therapist

Search for mental health clinic in your school. Talk with your local school district or school counselor for assistance.

Specific to black girls

Find the therapist for you.

Specific to queer and trans youth

RECLAIM increases access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms including partnerships with healthcare resources.

Specific to victims of trauma

Find your therapist.

Find a mental health clinic

Fast Tracker

Program goals: real-time service available for mental health clinics and treatment options. Visit Fast Tracker for mental health resources.

Hennepin County Mental Health Center

Program goals: ongoing, comprehensive, client-centered treatment that provides assessments and evaluation, therapy and education, medications services, and whole person care. Learn more about the center.

Find services for substance abuse

Fast Tracker

Program goals: real-time service available for mental health clinics and treatment options. Visit Fast Tracker for substance use resources.

Southside Harm Reduction Services

Program goals: work within a harm reduction framework to promote human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances. Visit Southside Harm Reduction Services online.

Learn to handle stress

Find tips and tools for how to handle stressors in life. These free, online resources provide opportunities to journal and give ideas on how to manage stress.

Relationships

LGBTQIA+

MIWRC

Program goals: support, advocacy and activities that utilize traditional teachings and other cultural strengths to encourage healing, build resilience and counter the normalization of violence for Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ, women, and families.

Outfront

Program goals: free, confidential crisis counseling and advocacy services about gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual/romantic attractions. Visit Outfront Minnesota.

RECLAIM

Program goals: increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms including partnerships with healthcare resources. Visit RECLAIM online.

Transgender Health Project Shot Clinic

Program goals: concerned trans individuals helping out other trans folks with their hormone shots. Learn more about the clinic.

Sexual health

AMAZE

Program goals: take the awkward out of sex education and give you the answers you want to know about sex, your body, and relationships. Visit AMAZE.

Better Together Hennepin

Program goals: programs and services so that all young people have access to sexual education, high-quality reproductive health care, healthy youth development opportunities, and connections to caring adults. Visit the Better Together Hennepin webpage.

Love is respect

Program goals: chat, call, and text 24/7 services to get assistance on dating and relationships. Visit the Love Is Respect website.

Myself My Health

Program goals: clinic list and resources for teens and young adults in the Twin Cities metro area that provide confidential sexual and reproductive health care. Visit Myself My Health.

Red Door Clinic

Program goals: sexual health services including pregnancy, STD and HIV testing for anyone. Visit the Red Door Clinic website.

Sexual Health Hotline

Program goals: give confidential information and services via phone, text, and web chat on family planning and STDs. Visit the program website.

That’s not cool

Program goals: raise awareness for healthy relationships, online and in-person. Visit That's Not Cool.

Your support network

A good support system is important for your mental wellbeing and personal development. You can identify a team of support who will help you meet your needs and reach your goals. 

Find a mentor

Find a mentor for career coaching, life development and support through youth school, college. Learn more at MentorMN.

For teens and their parents

The Center for Parent & Teen Communication gives great advice for teens and parents on building relationships and how to manage stress. Learn more about the center.

For LGBTQIA+ youth

OutFront Minnesota offers information for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirit youth. Visit OutFront Minnesota's website.

Help leaving an unsafe situation

Hennepin County wants every young person to be surrounded by supportive and safe family and community. If you are thinking of fleeing a relationship, home, community or already have left, connect with 1800 Runaway for confidential, non-judgmental advice.

Independent living skills classes

The YMCA offers Independent Living Skills classes regularly. All workshops are available virtually.

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