Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $15,000

Located in St. Paul. Interfaith Action uses an interfaith, multi-racial, inter-generational approach to relieve the effects of poverty, address its causes, and build a more just, safe, and livable East Metro for all. With thousands of volunteers from faith communities, it focuses on increasing economic mobility in the East Metro, activating and educating members of faith communities, and strengthening faith communities by equipping them with well-supported pathways for their congregants to engage in effective social justice work.

Grant supports adding a new cultural evaluation tool for Interfaith’s American Indian Youth Enrichment program. It will make use of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) model that has been adapted for Lakota and Ojibwe culture by another local youth program, Migizi Communications. The American Indian Youth Enrichment program is the only year-round program serving American Indian youth in St. Paul, and it operates out of the American Indian Magnet School on the east side of the city.