Last year, we awarded the Organization of the Year Rockstar Award to 3:11 Youth Housing, a youth-driven organization that provides housing to youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness.
What excited us most when we saw their nomination was the level of authentic youth voice that exists across all levels of their organization. Young adults are not just receiving services, but they’ve informed policies and their model. Youth alumni even come back to the organization and serve on their Board of Directors and as mentors for other youth who are just starting out.
So in honor of the Rockstar Awards 2019 being open for nominations — and in hopes of finding another great organization comparable to 3:11 — we decided to catch up with them and see what’s new.
What work have you been up to since the Rockstar Awards 2018 ceremony in Washington, DC?
Well, we’re excited to say that we are currently launching three houses plus a play area for young moms who are experiencing homelessness and their children. This location will have space for four families, a mentor family, and a play area/playground. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this kind of innovative and supportive housing to young moms and their children!
The Rockstar Awards are decided by a committee of young adults involved in systems change work nationwide. What did winning the Rockstar Award mean to 3:11?
Winning the Youth MOVE National Rockstar Award gave us more connections and support from our local community. Because of this award, our community recognized us as best-practice providers for young people and sought to learn how we incorporate youth voice throughout the organization.
How has your work impacted the lives of young adults in your field? What makes you passionate about doing the work you do?
We have young people who are maintaining jobs and finding housing of their own, saving to purchase their own homes to build long-term stability and wealth in their own lives and for their families. This kind of long-term, generational impact is vital to our work and what inspires each of us daily.
What can we expect next from 3:11?
We aren’t slowing down anytime soon! We’re excited for some new community partnerships coming online, for additional housing options for youth, and for where these next few years will take us. We can’t wait to see our alumni in more key leadership positions, impacting the lives of their fellow youth for years to come.
Where can we find out more about 3:11? Shamelessly plug yourself!
Know an organization who should be recognized as a Rockstar Organization of the Year? Nominate them today for the Rockstar Awards 2019!