Ending Hopelessness Among Teens

Organizational Background

TreeHouse, founded in 1984, is on a mission to end hopelessness among teens. Through 1:1 relationships with caring adults, support groups, and building assets, TreeHouse supports teens as they reduce risky behaviors, build healthy relationships, graduate high school, and develop hope for their future. Since our inception, TreeHouse has served over 16,000 teens and grown to 43 sites, including Il directly operated sites in the Twin Cities and 32 Partner Network sites, located in six states in the Midwest and East Coast.

At TreeHouse we believe all teens are lovable, capable, and worthwhile; they are loved unconditionally and never alone; and they have amazing potential and bright futures. Our mission is to end hopelessness among teens, and TreeHouse helps build communities that truly "see" teens and believe in their limitless potential.

The Problem: Youth in Despair

Many teens today face heartbreaking challenges in their everyday lives including poverty, abuse, neglect, absent parents and an unstable home life. These circumstances put teens at a high risk for behaviors or conditions with lifelong effects including crime, drug and alcohol abuse, dropping out of high school, sexual promiscuity, depression, self-abuse, suicide and other health problems. Currently, most teens come to TreeHouse for the first time at age 14 and in the year prior reported that before coming to TreeHouse, our teens self-reported:

  • 60% had suicidal thoughts

  • 57% of TreeHouse teens were a victim of bullying

  • 42% cut themselves to self-harm

TreeHouse serves teens in Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul through collaboration with River Heights Vineyard Church. TreeHouse's programs are designed to support, guide and provide practical skills to teens experiencing hopelessness in Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul. TreeHouse works to reduce and prevent negative behaviors and conditions while building skills that enable teens to give back to the community as service-driven citizens and responsible community members. As teens in the community change positively, the landscape of the area is transformed—reduced crime, stronger neighborhoods and economies, less strain on public assistance and future children growing up without the systemic despair and poverty that plagued previous generations.


Rotary Grant: Request for Fun

Our local Rotary Club was contacted to help fund a new proposal. Can Rotary help support the purchase of several arcade games to help these teens have fun in a safe,  non- judgmental space. SSP/IGH Rotary Club provided the funds for two new arcade games!

If you would like more information about TreeHouse and what they provide, check out their website!