Using core principles of non-judgmental, strengths-based engagement, and harm-reduction strategies, Full Cycle participates in street-based outreach to young people in the Minneapolis area. In addition to traditional outreach, FC also integrates outreach best practices and concepts into all of its programming, recognizing every interaction in and outside of the shop as an opportunity to connect with youth at risk of homelessness. Outreach gives us a chance to meet young people "where they're at," on their terms, to connect them with the basic needs and resources they identify they need.
Outreach workers keep up to date on the people and resources that are available to young people, can offer them direct support by accompanying them to appointments or resource centers, and can also provide small items like bus tokens, safer sex materials, hygiene supplies, etc. Outreach workers also recognize the importance of building relationships and earning trust, and value their role as safe professionals when working with youth.
To reach a Street Outreach Worker visit YSNMN.org or download the YSN app for a more complete, mobile, list of outreach workers and services offered in the Twin Cities