Partner Story

A Comprehensive Health Initiative for Youth

Grant Recipient

AYA Youth Collective

Awarded Amount

$540,000 over six years (two grants)

Since 2019, Steelcase Foundation has partnered with AYA Youth Collective to support its place-based Comprehensive Health Initiative (CHI) for Youth, which addresses social determinants by filling gaps in existing health services for young people experiencing housing instability or literal homelessness through two three-year-grants totaling $540,000. Utilizing AYA’s drop-in center as a hub, youth are connected to over 30 community partners co-located in the space providing a range of mental and physical health resources and supports in a trusted setting, removing barriers to accessing these vital resources. The goal of the Comprehensive Health Initiative is to help youth obtain stability as they define it by removing health barriers on their journey to thrive.

Hear from executive director Lauren VanKeulen and director of supportive programming KJ Tucker as they share about the initiative and their hopes to share their learnings to better serve young people in our community.