Focus Area: Youth Development
Grant Amount: $10,000
Based in McGregor, serves McGregor and surrounding communities in northeastern Minnesota’s Aiken County, including the Mille Lacs reservation. Something Cool serves 75 children ages 5-12 years old, offering youth enrichment and entrepreneurial activities, including the chance to sell products and artwork at a downtown storefront managed by the organization. Something Cool uses the local K-12 school as its base and is able to contract with the school to provide transportation for its youth, some of whom travel a very long way to participate in activities.
Grant supports expanding its programming to two nights per week, with one night devoted to youth activities and the other to family activities using the Strengthening Families Curriculum to build social emotional skills.