Urban Strategies

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

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 elevating the environmental and STEM educational components of USI’s out-of-school and summer programming. The program will include a family night that will include STEM-appropriate activities for the entire family. USI has also created a parent council to further engage parents in developing positive support of their children. During the Covid-19 crisis, USI has pivoted to home learning to support families and are working to address digital device shortages for the children they serve.