Urban Strategies

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $15,000

Based in St. Louis, MO, serving the Heritage Park affordable housing in near north Minneapolis. Urban Strategies, a national community development organization, supports a local youth program called the Green Garden Bakery (http://greengardenbakery.weebly.com/) in the Heritage Park neighborhood in north Minneapolis. Teens involved in the program started a youth run environmentally sustainable business selling baked goods with vegetables they grew in their garden.

Grant supports creating a hybrid model of their program. During the pandemic, USI pivoted to home learning to support families, and it supplied families with Wi-Fi, Chromebooks, and supplies to do projects with virtual guidance. This year USI will continue with a hybrid model, moving to in-person when it can, but continuing to emphasize family engagement through some online activities.