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Arise Project

We envision a Greater Twin Cities where all LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness have the support and resources they need to reach their full potential. As a collective giving group, we partner with local nonprofit organizations that offer services to these youth.

Issues We’re Addressing


youth are without shelter every year in the Twin Cities


LGBTQ+ youth are over twice as likely as non-LGBTQ+ youth to experience homelessness

LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness experience high levels of adversity, including being physically harmed, sexually exploited, and exposed to discrimination


at least, of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+ and 73% as BIPOC

Sources: Wilder.org and Chapinhall.org.

The Purpose of Arise Project

Arise Project is an innovator in supporting the needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. We are the only organization creating one-of-a-kind grants that empower nonprofits to expand their services and programming equitably for these individuals. Our volunteer-led Steering Committee develops fundraising initiatives and votes on the funds granted to partner nonprofits. This means that each year your support is invested for the greatest impact by those who share your care and passion for the needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.

2022-2025 Partners

Avenues for Youth

Avenues for Youth’s ConneQT host home program supports LGBTQ youth through culturally responsive housing options with hosts who are LGBTQ or allies. Avenues is active and vocal both locally and nationally, drawing attention to the disparate impact of homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

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The Bridge for Youth

The Bridge for Youth is a community leader in service to LGBTQ+ youth since the founding of their LGBTQ+ youth support group “So What If I Am?” in the 1990s. The Youth Mobile Outreach Center, developed and designed by youth, provides gender-affirming clothing and supplies, and healthcare engagement is also offered on-site.

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The Link

The Link’s Project Live Out Loud provides housing for youth who identify anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum. They also offer culturally specific and trauma-informed services that includes case management, life skills education, education and employment assistance, connections to mental health and chemical dependency treatment and health care services and leadership development.

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YouthLink offers a no-barrier drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability, including case management services for the unique cultural strengths and needs of LGBTQ+ youth. They also host the Youth Opportunity Center, bringing a wide array of partner services directly to young people experiencing systemic barriers to stability, including providing culturally inclusive gender-affirming healthcare.

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Our Progress to Date


nonprofit partners provided with grants


youth connected to resources

$2 Million

in support raised

Support Arise Project

Gifts of any amount to Arise Project are appreciated and will help us support LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. Make a gift today or designate a gift to Arise Project during your workplace campaign.

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