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For the past several years, Twin Cities youth that were interested in getting involved with Habitat joined Youth United, a Habitat for Humanity International developed program focused on involving youth in their community and TC Habitat while fostering teamwork and developing youth leaders. Due to increasing demand for resources to engage youth in new and innovative ways, HFHI recently suspended the Youth United program to explore how Habitat can better provide for this need.  Here at TCHFH, we recognize the impact that younger volunteers and advocates have on our mission, so the Youth United adult leadership team immediately started brainstorming new ways to engage local youth in our mission. What did we come up with? Habitat Youth Leaders, an exciting new leadership opportunity for altruistic youth interested in housing problems and solutions in the Twin Cities!

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity offers ways for passionate volunteers of all ages to make a difference in the lives of Twin Cities families. While youth can volunteer at the ReStore, on landscaping projects, as a cookie baker or with the Youth Untied committee, they can also use their entrepreneurial skills to fundraise for Habitat.  

Breck School seniors spent two weeks in May on site with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. They spent one full week helping build a new home in Fridley, and a second week doing painting and repairs on an ABWK project in Minneapolis. For several of the group this was the second year in a row they’d spent their “May Program” volunteering with Habitat.

The Interfaith Youth Day of Service is an annual event held in the Twin Cities on Presidents Day; this year the event was held at Augsburg College. It’s an opportunity for 7th-12th graders to come together from all different religious and cultural backgrounds to learn about different traditions, and deepen their connection with their own faith. The event aims at building bridges between faiths. Over 100 youth from various parts of the metro area came together for this event.  

Please purchase a Community Days booklet and show your support for Youth United and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity! You can buy it here.

Booklets are loaded with fantastic offers that will be available at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the Community Days event on November 14th and 15th. Booklets are $5 each and 100% of the proceeds goes back to support Youth United and Twin Cities Habitat.

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