The Catalyst

Caroline Doescher

Caroline Doescher, MSW alumni from St. Cloud State University, recently visited SCSU to speak to current first and second year MSW students. Caroline, who was once the student liaison for Social Work Day at the Capitol in her foundation year of the MSW program, is now a committee member that organizes the event.  While working as a Case Manager and Youth Counselor at Avenues for Homeless Youth, Caroline has continued to be very active within the community.  She is the leader for the Housing Subcommittee TYSN (Transgender Youth Support Network), which ensures safe and accessible housing for gender non-conforming and transgender youth.  Additionally, Caroline is part of Youth Area Support Network (YASN), which assists youth who have a more difficult time finding housing, and Youth Moving Forward (YMF), a group with a more preventative approach to various youth concerns. 

While talking with the students at SCSU, Caroline spoke of social policy, contacting legislatures, and how students can integrate classroom concepts into practice. Furthermore, she discussed her work at Avenues for Homeless Youth, as well as her recent success of obtaining the new Transitional/After Care Case Manager position she proposed after finalizing her thesis on the topic.  Caroline explained how this position, "specifically [focuses] on ensuring that relationships are built and sustained with new support people when youth leave the shelter."  Caroline provides a great example of how research can influence social work! Congratulations Caroline, you are a great role model!

If you are interested in learning more about Avenues for Homeless Youth you can visit their link:

Additional volunteer opportunities & events found on their website:

May 14: Project Homeless Connect

Minneapolis and Hennepin County will be holding the 13th Project Homeless Connect event at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday, May 14. For more info or if you are interested in volunteering, please visit their website:

Minneapolis/Hennepin County Project Homeless Connect
Monday, May 14, 2012, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, 55403 (enter at 3rd Avenue)

May 23: 2nd Annual Avenues Open House

June 23, 24: Avenues at Twin Cities Pride Festival

July 31: GLBT Host Home Program Info Session

Aug 2: GLBT Host Home Program Info Session

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