The Bridge for Youth

History The Bridge for Youth was founded in 1970 by local activists, Sister Rita Steinhagen and Sister Marlene Barghini of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who noticed growing numbers of unaccompanied youth on the streets of Minneapolis and were concerned about their vulnerability to exploitation, prostitution, violence, and illness. For over 50 years, The Bridge has pioneered innovative services and served as a model for effective programming for youth experiencing homelessness and their families. What started as one of the first programs in the Twin Cities and the nation to provide refuge from child abuse, teen prostitution, drug abuse, and domestic violence, is today one of the most respected nonprofits in the country serving youth experiencing homelessness. The Bridge has maintained commitment to youth experiencing homelessness, sheltering thousands of youth in crisis, reuniting families, preventing youth homelessness, and empowering youth to become healthy, productive adults.

Type(s) of Youth Work


Age Group(s) Supported

All age groups