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Why Does Milwaukee Need Pathfinders?

The answer begins with a youth, either currently experiencing a crisis or coping with significant amounts of trauma from their past. These may include:

Homelessness. Poverty. Violence. Human Trafficking. Sexual Abuse. Teen Pregnancy. Infant Mortality.

The impact these experiences have on a young person's development can severely affect every aspect of their life well into adulthood.

Why Are So Many Youth In Milwaukee Experiencing Trauma?

In 2015

42%

of Milwaukee children under the age of 18 lived in poverty.
Up to

500

youth experience homelessness each night in Milwaukee.
In 2015

4,155

Milwaukee students experienced homelessness.
Milwaukee ranks 

Top 5

nationally as a hub for youth human trafficking.

Learn More About The Issues

How Does Pathfinders Work With Youth In Crisis?

To address the many needs youth have while experiencing these issues in Milwaukee,
Pathfinders has focused its efforts on four core initiatives.

Housing & Shelter

Pathfinders is Wisconsin’s oldest and Milwaukee’s most comprehensive service for youth who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. We use a Housing- First model in order to prioritize creating a safe and stable environment for young people.

Education

The Pathfinders Southeastern Education Center provides focused learning opportunities for middle school students who need additional support and trauma-informed care. Pathfinders also provides targeted interventions to reduce teen pregnancy, HIV/STI’s, and child abuse.

Family Engagement

Youth need positive, affirming, and healthy family relationships. Pathfinders works to reunite youth with their family of origin when appropriate and when that’s not possible, helps youth recruit and engage adult community members to build a family of choice.

Youth Empowerment

Across services, Pathfinders ensures that youth are able to develop independent living skills, find employment, manage trauma, and gain educational support. The youth-centered goal-making process enhances the likelihood of a successful transition into adulthood.

Learn More About Our Core Initiatives

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