YMCA of the North

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

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. The Beacons network is a public-private partnership that includes the YMCA, YWCA, Boys & Girls Club, and Minneapolis Community Education.

Grant supports Beacons’ recent launch of a program focusing on culinary arts and nutrition at Nellie Stone Johnson in north Minneapolis and at Anne Sullivan/Anishinaabe Academy in south Minneapolis. Both programs are paired with nearby high schools, allowing older students to mentor the elementary students. As with all of Beacons’ expansions, this one was drive by youth interest. Numbers last year were lower due to Covid-19, but the program was able to increase deliveries of food for at home participants as youth were learning to prepare the food.