Hospitality House Youth Development

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in Minneapolis. Hospitality House is a 60-year-old institution on the north side of Minneapolis. It runs the Urban Learning Center, a year-round Christian-values-based after-school program usually supporting more than 230 low-income students, although this year they had to cut back to 60 because of Covid-19 restrictions. The program focuses on supporting academics and athletics, as well as arts and volunteer opportunities for youth.

Grant supports adding a Read to Succeed Book Club, an addition to its existing urban learning center academic program. It will purchase a new curriculum through the Read to Them “One School, One Book” program, which provides books, implementation packets, title specific book packets, and expert guidance and support. This year’s reading program will be balanced out by additional programming addressing the trauma that many of the youth have experienced in their lives, especially during this time of Covid-19 and unrest in the north Minneapolis community it serves.