Empowering youth in crisis to make positive life choices.
Following several years of careful planning and community collaboration, Pathfinders opened its Drop-In Center for youth and young adults ages 25 and under in February of 2010. Today, the Drop-In Center is Milwaukee’s only one-stop-shop resource center and day shelter that provide critical basic needs resources, case management, and assistance accessing needed education, employment, and housing resources for over 500 youth each year. Food, clothing, hygiene supplies, risk reduction materials, access to laundry, showers, and storage space, a computer lab, daily case management and group programming and education, and youth-led community engagement initiatives serve as the focus of the Drop-In Center. Specialized services and programming includes:
Youth Anti-Violence Program – a Federally-funded initiative providing individual support and advocacy for youth who have been victimized, particularly by sexual abuse and dating violence.
Project OH YEAH – intensive case management services providing sustained support for youth with significant mental health concerns who are transitioning into adulthood that is offered in collaboration with Wraparound Milwaukee.
Prevention Education Program (PEP) –provides evidenced-based programming with a focus on the prevention of sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, and HIV/STI transmission.
Street Beat – street-based community outreach services providing basic needs and risk reduction services, case management support with employment and housing, and specialized interventions for youth involved in human trafficking, with services provided in collaboration with Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center.
In 2012, 526 youth received Drop-In Center services and 100% had access to basic needs resources; 32 youth received anti-violence services and had their victim advocacy needs met; 300 youth received services from PEP and 80% demonstrated pregnancy and STI prevention strategies; 4,516 youth and young adults connected with Street Beat and 75% received survival or risk reduction resources and information.
Drop-In Center and Street Beat Outreach Program
4200 North Holton Street, Suite 400