The Bridge for Youth was founded in 1970 when Sister Rita Steinhagen saw a problem, cared, and responded. She noticed a growing number of unaccompanied youth on the streets of Minneapolis who were increasingly vulnerable to exploitation, prostitution, violence, and illness.
Responding to the need, Sister Rita opened The Bridge in the West Bank neighborhood, one of the nation’s first refuges for runaway and homeless youth. The Bridge relocated to the East Isles neighborhood in 1975. In the decades that followed, tens of thousands of youth and their families have benefited from the innovative and comprehensive services of The Bridge.
We help youth in crisis.
The Bridge for Youth is the premiere resource for youth and their families in ending homelessness.
- We love working with youth and their families!
- We value the ideas, contributions, and potential of young people.
- We honor the worth, strengths, and bonds of families in all their forms.
- We welcome, understand, and encourage the diversity and gifts of our staff, clients, and colleagues.
- We promote excellence with our staff, volunteers, interns, and community partners, and celebrated their contributions.