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Who We Are

Our Mission:  We create communities, rooted in belonging, for youth experiencing instability to own their future.

Our Vision:  A society where all youth have support, stable housing, and belonging.

Impact

Impact matters, not only for the youth we have the honor of working with but also to our larger community. We don’t just believe that our resources are making an impact, we know they are! Check out the impact we have had over the years.

Our Team

Our team is made up of amazing people! We are made up of onsite staff, mentors, and our board of directors. Each individual is committed to creating spaces where everyone can come as they are and navigate their pathways to stability.

Our Story

We haven’t always been A.Y.A Youth Collective. We started as two unique organizations that partnered together for years before merging into A.Y.A Youth Collective. Learn more about our story!

Community Partners

Our resource partners provide services within our spaces to youth. It’s important to us that we avoid duplication of services as much as possible, that is why we partner with other amazing providers!

Our Values

Authenticity

We ask. We listen. We keep things real. The more we know and share, the better prepared we are to take actions that break cycles of homelessness and disrupt systemic injustice. We make progress together.

Inclusion

Every person has inherent dignity and worth to share with others. We celebrate youth of all identities and backgrounds as they are and bring their whole selves to the intentional communities we create together. We recognize the unique voices, perspectives and realities of every individual and work to build youth-centered and personalized support.

Community

Every person needs connection to thrive. Through the presence of caring peers, advocates and mentors, youth can build the relationships they need to be seen and understood. Youth have equitable access to resources critical to their wellbeing that grow their circles of support.

Agency

Every person has power and choice. We honor the journey that youth are on and nurture their resilience to act on their strengths. We support healthy opportunities that lead to their thriving.

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COVID UPDATE: CODE YELLOW

Kent County data indicates a moderate risk level. Potential COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is lower.

MEASURES IN PLACE

Appointments for up to 10 youth at a time; COVID hours; Core community partners, plus wellness, 1 person/agency; normal donation drops

HOURS

Monday - Friday from 12pm to 5pm

 

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