Did you know that, on any given night, about 1,775 youths in Minnesota are homeless? And various factors – no job, transportation, even IDs – combined with not having a home, make it very hard for young people to break out of this cycle. Fourth Generation, begun a year ago as part of The Minneapolis Foundation and directed toward young professionals, honored two local programs who are addressing this issue, Face to Face and Full Cycle, at the Engine for Social Innovation.
Face to Face runs drop-in center Safe Zone, which provides food, phone service, showers and laundry to over 1,300 homeless youths every year. They also offer classes and ways to obtain personal identification and transportation, two factors vital in breaking the chain of homelessness. Full Cycle is a South Minneapolis bike shop that the homeless can visit to access free bikes and employment opportunities by way of bike repair internships.
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