Youth Center Seeks Funding by Highlighting Their Kids

By KBJR News 1

November 15, 2011 Updated Nov 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM CDT

They're out there...but most of us don't see them...they're kids without a home, living on their own, on the streets of the Twin Ports.

"Whether we like it or not, they're here," says Executive Director at Life House Youth Center in Downtown Duluth.

At the Life House, at-risk, homeless kids are given the opportunity to find safety and work toward become healthy, positive adults.

The center helps youth find housing, get jobs or go to school, all while providing critical emotional support.

But these services can be expensive, so a year ago, the organization started the Adopt-a-Kid program.

"We can look at these kids today and say, well, we can use my tax dollars to continue to house these kids in jails or we can take 29 dollars a month and help these kids become independent positive contributing members of our community," says Crawford.

The monthly donation goes towards things like G-E-D testing, or rental applications--All things that help the teens get back on their feet and moving in a positive direction.

To see some Life House success stories, and how these teens rose from hard times with the help of the youth center, watch the special series this week at 10 p.m. or click the links below.

Shawn Fuller's Story