YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $7,000

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 Beacons’ 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 will be 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.