YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $13,000

Based in Minneapolis, serves Twin Cities metro area. The YMCA Beacons after-school program engages youth as leaders and learners transforming schools into active youth centers after school and in the summer, providing free educational, recreational and leadership activities for youth and their families.

Grant supports continuing the St. Paul expansion of the Beacons after-school program’s peer reading mentor initiative that provides an opportunity for 4th-6th grade students to serve as mentors for younger students. The expansion will add a STEAM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). The STEAM offering was the top request of youth in the program, which honors youth voice in choosing its offerings.