The Key is the longest running youth-run youth center in the nation! It is a life-giving community and a safe place for youth to connect with each other, caring adults, and their community. The Key is open 3pm – 10pm 365 days a year, including every weekend and holiday. Free meals and access to resources are available every day on a self-referral basis for all youth.
“What is The Key” – check out this great video directly from youth at The Key
The Key is run by NUY’s Key youth board, which is democratically elected by youth. They hire and review all staff as well as make programming and policy decisions about The Key. It’s a place to do art on the walls, sit and relax, get help with homework, play music, connect with friends, and to find resources to organize and mobilize about needs in the community around mental health, homelessness, social activism, arts access, food access, and so much more.
7 months ago
Going into a week of gratitude and thanks giving, we know that we have so much to be appreciative of. The community of Northfield has never stepped down from a challenge, and they have continually been willing to open both their minds and their hearts to the work around them that needs to be done to make this community a great place for EVERYONE. Never enough words exist to thank all those who give of their time, of their talents, and of their resources. THANK YOU so much to everyone who gave to the NUY during Give to the Max. We are so grateful to you all for believing in the power of youth voice and the creation of a caring community! ...
8 months ago
“Hello, my name is Haley Heiner. I am the Co-President of the Northfield Union of Youth, also known as 'The Key.' I have been attending there for a while now and I’ve honestly never felt more at home there. So many wonderful people have accepted me there and I’ve gained amazing new friendships. The Key has helped me through so much regarding mental health, social skills, financial problems, and more. Without The Key, I don’t know where I would be today, and so many youth could say the same. The Key is the longest-running youth-led and youth-empowering organization recorded in the United States and I want it to stay that way. So many kids, including me, need a safe space like The Key. I'm so grateful that I have a place like this, and I am beyond grateful that our community cares for this organization.”
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