Children & Youth,
Intergroup & Race Relations,
Youth Development Programs
Mission: Promote respect for self and others, develop future leaders, and provide youth with positive multicultural activities and relationships with caring adults.
Programs: During the program year june 1, 2014 to may 31, 2015, youthcare served 626 unduplicated youth, 7-18 years old, in three primary youth development programs: camp sunrise, youthlead, and the young women's mentoring program. 96% of participants qualified for free or reduced-price lunches and 96% were youth of color. African american - 33%; asian - 26%; multiracial - 20%; native american - 14%; european american - 4%; latino/a - 3%. Youthcare served 62% females and 38% males. In total, youthcare programs provided 1,579 unique activities for a total of 17,448 units of service. Located an hour north of the twin cities on the st. Croix river, camp sunrise is a year-round outdoor education program focused on bringing together twin cities youth, 13-18 years old, from diverse ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds to live and work in an outdoor multicultural community. Over 200 urban youth participate in camp sunrise each summer to build friendships across cultures and benefit from employment training, outdoor environmental education, and teambuilding. 8 youth are employed through the summer as junior counselors, developing leadership and jobs skills. During the school year, camp sunrise offers weekend camping trips and safaris in the city, urban outdoor and recreation education activities such as ice skating, rock climbing, and biking. During the 2014-15 program year, 223 urban youth (unduplicated), 13-18 years old, participated in 258 camp sunrise activities (a total of 2,980 units of service).
youthlead (youth leadership, education, & diversity) provides consistent, high-quality out-of-school time activities to develop the educational, cultural, and social skills of youth, 13-18 years old. Activities include homework help, teen tech, arts & culture, health & wellness, and college knowledge. Those participating on the youth advisory council plan events for their peers, recruit volunteers, and provide input in staff and board meetings. The community service stars component of youthlead employs youth part time to work at local nonprofit organizations while learning about community issues and personal finance. Youthlead employed 88 youth, 14-18 years old, as community service stars, who received an average of 45-50 hours of employment training or career exploration. During the 2014-15 program year, 391 youth (unduplicated) participated in 792 youthlead activities (a total of 9,510 units of service).
the young women's mentoring program is a community-based multicultural youth mentoring and development program focused on building leadership, employment-readiness, and life skills of girls and young women. The program provides 8 young women (youth mentors), 15-18 years old, with a 12-month leadership and employment experience and 120 girls, 7-12 years old, with consistent out-of-school time activities. Youth mentors receive meaningful and challenging jobs and become positive role models for the younger girls living in their same low-income public housing communities. Activity topics include stem (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, building healthy relationships, confidence, bullying, cultural exploration, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. During the 2014-15 program year, 146 girls (unduplicated), 7-18 years old, participated in 529 program activities (a total of 4,958 units of service).