THE LINK

aka The Link   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  http://thelinkmn.org

Mission

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Ms. Beth Holger

Main address

1210 Glenwood Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55405 USA

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Formerly known as

Life's Missing Link

EIN

41-1920649

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Marshall Reed Youth Centers

The Marshall Reed Youth Centers (formerly the Evening Reporting Centers) opened in February 2011. The MRYC is a partnership between The Link and Hennepin County in response to the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. The program provides a community based alternative to detention, further court involvement, and out-of-home placement.

Population(s) Served

Lindquist Apartments, located in north Minneapolis, provides 25 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled youth and young adults (age 16 to 24).

Population(s) Served

School Matters provides intensive intervention through comprehensive one on one case management to court ordered Hennepin County youth age 12-17 experiencing truancy that are at the highest risk of dropping out of school.

Population(s) Served

The Juvenile Supervision Center (JSC), located in Minneapolis City Hall, is a collaboration between Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools and The Link. The JSC provides a safe haven and immediate response for youth after they are picked up by police for truancy, curfew violations, or juvenile offenses.

Population(s) Served

Programs include Passageways Shelter and Housing Program, West Metro Regional Navigator position, Safe Harbor Mental Health and Family Reunification Program, and Safe Harbor Aftercare & Outreach Program. All of The Link’s Safe Harbor Programs are in partnership with the state of Minnesota Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door Response and are grounded in the best practices for working with sexually exploited youth.

Population(s) Served

The Young Families Program is a scattered site housing program for young families within Hennepin County. This program provides housing, supportive services and early childhood programming to help young families transition out of homelessness.

Population(s) Served

Project Live Out Loud is a culturally specific Rapid Rehousing program for youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBTQ). The program provides housing for youth through regular market rate apartments in the Twin Cities and provides landlords with rental subsidies. The program also provides culturally specific services, support groups and activities in addition to trauma informed supportive services that include case management, life skills education, assistance with education and employment, connections to mental health and chemical dependency treatment, connections to health care services and leadership development opportunities.

Population(s) Served

C.O.R.E. (Community, Outreach, Resources and Engagement) Drop In Center provides a place where youth who are at-risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness can get help with basic needs (food, clothes, shower, laundry, etc.) and connections to case management and longer term services such as housing.

Population(s) Served

The Suburban Housing Programs helps youth who are experiencing homelessness transition quickly from the streets and emergency shelters to stable housing . The program serves the five county suburban metro area including: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott and Washington counties.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Link's current strategic plan began in 2016 and will carry the organization through 2019. The key goals are:

Goal #1: The Link will expand the organization’s branding.
Goal #2: The Link will ensure quality programs.
Goal #3: The Link will enhance youth and adult staff leadership, development and employment opportunities.
Goal #4: The Link will continue sound funding and support for the organization.
Goal #5: The Link will increase capacity and streamline processes, policies and procedures.

The Link's vision is a community supporting all youth in having equitable access and opportunity. The Link's work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitment to:

Youth: We value and incorporate youth voice into all we do
Inclusion: We respect all people, value diversity and are committed to equity
Quality: We strive for program excellence through continuous improvement and evidence based practices
Advancement: We aspire to lead through innovative and cutting edge programming

With an annual budget of $8.3 million, The Link is governed by a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors, including representatives from the corporate, nonprofit, government, legal sectors, and former clients. Executive Director Beth Holger, who brings more than 17 years of nonprofit experience to The Link, manages daily organization operations. Staff includes 84 full-time, 23 part-time, and 37 youth employees in youth-serving, management, and administrative positions. In addition, hundreds of volunteers and interns dedicated more than 10,000 hours to The Link in 2018, assisting with scores of projects including meal prep, kit packing, support group facilitation, administrative and IT support, gardening, and gift drives.

The Link has made significant progress towards the organizations 2016-2019 key goals.
-The Link will expand the organization’s branding.
-The Link will ensure quality programs.
-The Link will enhance youth and adult staff leadership, development and employment opportunities.
-The Link will continue sound funding and support for the organization.
-The Link will increase capacity and streamline processes, policies and procedures.

The planning process for The Link's 2020-2022 Strategic Plan will begin in the summer of 2019 and will engage youth and adult staff, board members, volunteers and community stakeholders.

Financials

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Operations

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THE LINK

Board of directors
as of 10/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jason Marvin

Boechermann Grafstrom & Mayer, LLC

Kendra Garrett

St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

Brett Nelson

Keller Williams

Jamar Hardy

Edina Realty

Jason Marvin

Boeckermann Grafstom Mayer

Raeshondra Walker

Past The Link Program Participant and Social Work Student

Michael O'Neil

Target

Tom Arneson

Hennepin County Attorney's Office

David Behrens

Graco

John Borden

Vista Outdoor

Sara Durhman

Mall of America

Jade Jorgenson

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Anisha Murphy

NEON

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes