Empowering youth in crisis to make positive life choices.
The Youth Shelter Program
One of Wisconsin’s largest and longest serving programs for runaway and homeless youth (RHY) ages 11 through 17, Pathfinders Youth Shelter Program provides emergency housing resources and supportive services to over 200 annually. Nearly 150 additional youth receive counseling and resources to prevent them from running away or becoming homeless. Positive Youth Development, as promoted by the program’s Federal RHY funding, serves as the foundation of the Youth Shelter Program, and peer youth advocates serve as key members of the paid and volunteer staff who together provide 24-hour services every day of the year.
In 2012, 224 youth received emergency shelter care and supportive services, and 96% either returned home or were placed within a safe and sustainable alternative living environment after completing their Youth Shelter stay.