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Avenues’ Youth Counselor Michael Lee aptly states via a very moving spoken word performance the great need for housing for youth experiencing homelessness.

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Here is the link to a video created from audio of voicemails left at Hope Street. Please check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ-BpikrrkU

Here is the link to a video created from audio of voicemails left at Hope Street. Please check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ-BpikrrkU

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Cover of the My MN booklet from Avenues!

Cover of the My MN booklet from Avenues!

Please click the link to check out this compilation of youth’s stories from Avenues for Homeless Youth!

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Youth from Willmar traveled to St. Paul to share their stories with Senator Lyle Koenen and Rep. Mary Sawatzky. Rep. Mary Sawatzky is a coauthor on the Homeless Youth Act.

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Luke testified before the Senate Housing, Health and Human Services policy committee to share his story about homelessness.

Luke testified before the Senate Housing, Health and Human Services policy committee to share his story about homelessness.

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This group from Mankato met with Rep. Kathy Brynaert and newly elected Rep. Clark Johnson. Rep. Brynaert was a coauthor on the Homeless Youth Act, and Rep. Johnson signed on to the Homeless Youth Act at the request of these youth!

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Maddy spoke to Senator Dahle, her former high school civics teacher, about the need for the Homeless Youth Act and how she had accessed help when she needed it.

Maddy spoke to Senator Dahle, her former high school civics teacher, about the need for the Homeless Youth Act and how she had accessed help when she needed it.

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Youth and staff from Mankato spoke to Senator Sheran, a coauthor on the Homeless Youth Act, about youth homelessness in Mankato and their experiences.

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Representative Karen Clark, a long-time advocate of the Homeless Youth Act and a coauthor on the bill, invited the group to join her on the floor of the House chamber.

Representative Karen Clark, a long-time advocate of the Homeless Youth Act and a coauthor on the bill, invited the group to join her on the floor of the House chamber.