The Sheltering Arms Foundation’s vision of success is that all Minnesota children are socially and emotionally, as well as physically and academically prepared to succeed by 7th grade.

To achieve this goal, we fund high quality culturally appropriate youth development programs for 5-12 year olds that support children’s social, emotional, physical and academic development with strong family engagement strategies.

Eligible programs are out of school time and mentoring programs in school based settings, community settings or affordable housing locations.

A high-quality youth development programming should include the following elements:

  • Sequential activities that teach skills
  • Active and experiential learning
  • Focused and explicit skill development
  • Developmentally and culturally appropriate program design
  • Intensity and duration of contact
  • Social and Emotional Learning competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making)
  • Opportunities for family involvement and participation in programming
  • Quality assessment tools where data informs program improvement
  • Access to professional development for staff that supports growth in their job in areas such as: youth programming, evaluation and assessment, inter-cultural skills, and program design.