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Fight Youth Homelessness. Form Relationships. Find Stability.

The Big Picture

There are 175+ 14-24 year olds sleeping outside or in emergency shelters in Grand Rapids tonight.  AYA is working every day by offering support and the resources needed to help them find stability.

About Us

AYA creates communities rooted in belonging for youth experiencing instability to own their future.

About Us

AYA creates communities – rooted in belonging – for youth experiencing instability to own their future.

Our Two Main Interventions

Drop-In Center

We see 450 youth a year and offer resources such as basic needs, laundry, vital document recovery (driver’s license, birth certificate), medical care, therapy/counseling services, employment and education resources, and so much more.

Long-term Housing

Our supportive housing resource is a place where youth can rest, recharge, and heal. In each home, mentors live alongside youth and act as their first point of contact. Community is built through weekly house dinners, shared experiences, and daily interactions.

95% of youth who have graduated from an AYA Home continue to live in stability.

Get Involved

Each and every contribution helps us support the hundreds of young people we see every month. We know these youth by name; they are driven, motivated, and determined to reach their goals. Thank you for your continued support as we walk alongside youth on their journey to a safe and stable future.

Give Financially

Give a monetary donation and help youth experiencing instability to own their future.

Donate Basic Needs

Sponsor a meal, donate materials, or purchase essential items that greatly impact our youth.

Schedule A Tour

Tour our drop-in center and learn more about how we are serving youth.

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Covid-19 Update

COVID UPDATE: CODE BLUE

0 – 5% of drop-in staff have COVID or are in isolation AND/OR Kent County data indicates a lower risk level AND/OR potential COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is low.

MEASURES IN PLACE

Some capacity limits; Expanded community partners, up to 2 people/agency; standard donation drops; all tours allowed; in-person meetings allowed following COVID guidelines.

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