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3:11 Youth Housing helps youth experiencing homelessness through housing first, positive youth development

3:11 Youth Housing mentors discuss how they partner with youth as they transition into adulthood in this latest segment of NPO Showcase.

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.

3:11 Youth Housing on NPO Showcase

3:11 Youth Housing on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, 3:11 Youth Housing’s Kayla Morgan and Lauren VanKeulen discuss their work to develop safe, affordable housing for youth experiencing homelessness, the impact of homelessness on individuals and our society, and how the community can support these efforts as 3:11 continues to increase their capacity.

3:11 Youth Housing believes in housing first, positive youth development, and harm reduction approaches. After youth are in stable housing, 3:11 works with them to develop goals that make sense for their life circumstances. 3:11 House Mentors build positive relationships with youth by hosting weekly, family-style meals, teaching life skills, and connecting youth with other services as needed.

“We believe that the mentoring piece is really important because it provides our youth with a sense of family, and a sense of home,” Morgan said. “It’s a time where we can be close together and just be there to have that extra support when you are 18 and ready to explore the world and figure out what you want to do with your life.”

Watch the NPO Showcase segment above to learn more about 3:11 Youth Housing. Check out the 3:11 Youth Housing website to get connected to volunteer opportunities and to donate to support their work.

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring Mobile GR.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Julie Way, at 616-459-4788 x115 or email [email protected].

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