Y2Y New Haven is currently accepting new student volunteers at an overnight crisis housing shelter for youth experiencing homelessness! Accepted volunteers will receive around 12–15 hours of training over Winter Break and complete one four-hour shift per week over the Spring 2023 semester. There will be extensive training on topics of mental health, crisis de-escalation, CPR and first aid, and sex trafficking in order to be properly equipped to address situations that may arise in the shelter. After volunteers complete their training, in-person volunteering will begin at Youth Continuum’s 12-bed youth shelter starting late-January 2023. On a typical evening shift, Y2Y volunteers will facilitate social activities (like a cooking workshop), lead a life-skills workshop (such as financial literacy or resume building), or hang out with guests.
Y2Y New Haven is a program that aims to open the nation’s second student-run homeless shelter for young adults (18-24), operating as an overnight program in Greater New Haven. This project is a joint initiative of students across New Haven, the community nonprofit Youth Continuum, and Y2Y Network to open the student-run and gender-inclusive overnight program at Youth Continuum’s current drop-in center at 924 Grand Ave. Youth Continuum is the state’s leading provider for youth experiencing homelessness and provides case management, drop-in services, street outreach, and a variety of transitional living programs from emergency shelter to long-term housing.