I’m writing this on a warm afternoon from my bungalow style workspace. There’s a couch up here, so it’ a nice life.
As I’m finishing my first week at GoodSpace I’ve already learned about some diamond organizations in Minneapolis. Youthlink, Project for Pride in Living, and Kulture Klub all housed in the same building in DownTown MN. These three organizations aim to help homeless youth in separate ways.
Maslow's Hierarchy of needs says you need to fulfill the bottom sections of the pyramid before you move up. The bottom two sections are basic needs, physical and safety needs. Physical needs are food and water, and safety includes having shelter and stability. These are needs that many young people go without, and prevent them from reaching their full potential.
If you really want to help people get on their feet, and actually thrive, there has to be investment. That’s exactly what these organizations do. PPL provides the essentials, in providing homeless youth with housing, YouthLink connects struggling youth to a variety of resources including healthcare, employment opportunities, and more. And Kulture Klub offers community and healing through art to homeless youth, who otherwise may never have the opportunity or resources to do so.
I’m excited to be a part of the Kulture Klub mural project, which is in collaboration with all three organizations. Stay tuned for what's sure to be more on journeys to a better future, and getting to know amazing youth in the Twin Cities.