The Link

About The Link

The Link was founded in 1991 by former Minnesota Vikings players, Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed, who wanted to support youth in north Minneapolis who were being victimized by crime, getting involved in crime and who were struggling with poverty and homelessness. The Link is still based in their original vision and in north Minneapolis.

The Link has grown from a two staff member organization with three programs to an organization that has 19 programs across the Twin Cities area, employs over 150 adult and youth staff members and supports nearly 3,000 youth and young families each year. The Link offers programming in three areas:

Housing & Supportive Services Division: housing and supportive services for youth and young families experiencing homelessness

Juvenile Justice Division: positive alternative programs for youth in the juvenile justice

Safe Harbor Division: emergency shelter, housing and supportive services for youth who have been sexually exploited


Youth Specialist

August 2021 Minneapolis, MN
“Working at this non-profit has been wonderful. They utilize a trauma informed and harm reduction practice so that we are able to really help the youth with their needs in an individualized manner. The staff are amazing, and this company treats their employees like people and recognize that employees also have needs. ”
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