Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $13,000

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 enhancing Interfaith’s American Indian Youth Enrichment program by expanding the literacy curriculum with culturally specific lessons, expanding the volunteer pool with students from nearby Harding High School, and hiring a social worker for the summer to address social-emotional learning concerns. 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.