Liberty Community Church

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $15,000

Located in north Minneapolis. Liberty (formerly Kwanzaa Community Church) opened as the first African American led Presbyterian congregation in Minnesota in 2002. Its mission promotes community, justice, social change and empowerment for the children and families of north Minneapolis. The church operates the 21st Century Academy, a year-round afterschool program for grades 6-12.

Grant supports creating a curriculum for the younger students with a strong academic and social-emotional focus. Liberty uses several curricula as well as mindfulness training to help address the trauma that many of their youth have experienced. The entire church community has received training in addressing trauma, and the programming has a strong parent engagement element.