Hope Fuse is a nonprofit, federally tax-exempt organization that is founded to explore and address solutions to the crippling impact of generational poverty in the lives of at-risk youth and overall youth in Rochester, Minnesota. Young people from identified vulnerable populations such as low-income households, minority demographic groups, and fractured family structures face several barriers to success that may have negative implications in their present and future lives. Operating under the belief that the organization can change lives “one story at a time”.

Hope Fuse leans closely on a blend of qualitative and quantitative data to pinpoint a number of issues in our community. As we observe the grave impact of poverty on youth development, job readiness and academic success, we are also clear that some of the older young people in our community (commonly referred to as young adults – aged 15 years old to 21 years old) are slightly less visible. We have found that young adults within this age bracket struggle with house security, transitions into adulthood, and social matriculation after a troubling childhood entrenched within poverty.

Using a 3-pronged approach, Hope Fuse delivers quality guidance that focuses on “whole person” development. Our approaches can all be delivered through onsite /in schoolwork and offsite at the Hope Fuse office.  During the process of working with the individual youth, we provide strength-based assessments that allow us to create customized plans that are evaluated and updated quarterly.

Founded in 2018, Hope Fuse is committed to working long-term with each youth and young adult with a professional mentor and/or case manager. While a bulk of the organization’s services are catered to address the needs of participants as young as 15 years old, the organization also assists with providing resources to affirm housing security for displaced youth aged 16 years old to 21 years old. Hope Fuse provides strategically designed programs that meet the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs our youth participants need. It also gives our participants the opportunity to give back to their own communities through volunteer initiatives.