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Resource Innovations

At A.Y.A. Youth Collective we know that there are barriers youth continue to face. We bring in partners and will create new resources to bridge the gaps our youth are facing.

Our Vision

Create equitable access to opportunities that support young people as they find health, stability, and connection.

Health and Wellness

The Comprehensive Health Initiative is a 3-year pilot launched in the fall of 2019. This project seeks to meet the complex health and wellness needs of youth in crisis through an innovative, collaborative, and relational approach.

How do you interrupt the cycle of homelessness? Crisis support and housing paired with healthcare navigation, healing-centered therapy & diverse wellness strategies allow youth experiencing homelessness to overcome toxic stress and achieve their potential!

Healthcare Navigation + Access

On-site navigation experts coordinate Medicaid enrollment, connections to primary care providers, and initial appointments.

Healing-Centered Therapy

A clinically-trained and diverse mental health team offer evidence-based, non-traditional techniques from short-term crisis intervention to long-term therapy.

Holistic Wellness Activities

A diverse group of community wellness providers facilitate culturally intelligent and holistic mindfulness practices that reduce stigma and increase healthier coping skills.

Data Reporting + System Advocacy

Leadership teams advocate collaboratively within the community for policy and systems improvement to inspire change toward more equitable outcomes.

Mitigating the Social Determinants of Health

HQ + 3:11 provides enhanced access to health-related social needs services through low-barrier drop-in and non-time limited supportive housing.

Core Partners: Widscom, Center, Health Net of West Michigan, GVSU Family Health Center

Employment

Getting a job is not always the hardest part, keeping a job, and staying in it long enough to earn a living wage and career opportunities can be the hard part. For many youth, conversations with mentors can be enough to overcome some of the barriers that make sticking with a job more difficult, but sometimes we can provide more support.

We have partnered with local employers seeking to hire youth, provide opportunities, and also reduce turn over in our Supportive employment initiative. If you are a business and interested in learning more about how to partner with us please contact Mary DeYoung!

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COVID UPDATE: CODE YELLOW

Kent County data indicates a low-risk level. Potential COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is low. CDC and MDHHS guidance recommend continued masks and COVID mitigation strategies for homeless service providers.

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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