All of us at A.Y.A. Youth Collective, formerly HQ and 3:11 Youth Housing, are proud of the resources we make available to youth in our community! We currently operate 9 properties that offer mentor supported, transitional housing options for youth, a drop-in center located at 320 State Street for youth ages 14-24 looking for resources, and an Innovations resource helping us continue to improve our capacity to connect yout to resources. The merger has allowed us to streamline these resources, making it easier for youth to connect wiht us in the way that works best for them. We strive to create safe spaces, rooted in belonging and create circles of support for youth in West Michigan.
Our supportive housing resource is a place where youth can rest, recharge, and heal. In each home, mentors act as the first point of contact for youth. Community is built through weekly house dinners, shared experiences, and daily interactions. It’s a model that feels more like a family than a program. We recognize that having stable housing is only the start of long term stability. It’s through community that youth begin to rebuild their circles of support and achieve interdependence.
At drop-in, youth can meet basic needs such as showers, critical hygiene items, laundry and hot meals. At the nurses station, you can connect with doctors from the Family Medicine Center at GVSU, support navigating Medicaid sign up from HealthNet of West Michigan, and mental health support from The Wisdom Center. We meet youth as they are, and work to build authentic relationships that highlight each members agency in the work to attain stability.
83 Grand Rapids youth are sleeping outside every night in unsafe or unstable enviroment. We are proud of our resources, but there is much more to do, and we need your help! We hope you will make a donation and ask you to consider making a team and inviting your friends and family to support A.Y.A. Youth Collective! We will increase our impact when we work together!
Join us in working with youth in our community and support A.Y.A. today!
If you or your team raise $100 or more, we will send you an AYA T-shirt!
Will you join us?