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: Camp sunrise is a year-round outdoor education program focused on bringing together minneapolis and saint paul youth, 13-18 years old, from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to live and work in an outdoor community. Located an hour north of the twin cities on the st. Croix river, camp sunrise has been providing urban youth the opportunity to experience a residential wilderness camp at no cost, including transportation and any equipment to participate in camp activities since 1974. Annually, 200-250 youth participate in camp sunrise's summer crew programs. In addition to week-long summer sessions, camp sunrise hosts leadership retreats and urban outdoor recreation activities during the school year. During the 2016-17 program year, 338 urban youth participated in camp sunrise activities for a total of 2,617 units of service. Youthcare (youth for cultural appreciation & racial equality) annually serves 500 youth through its three core programs - camp sunrise, young women's mentoring program and youthlead - which aim to address the following 21st century skills:-educational skills for academic success -self direction, problem solving, critical thinking, organization, creativity and curiosity. -employment readiness skills - leadership, problem solving, effective group work, awareness of abilities/ interests, responsibility, collaboration and interpersonal communication. -self-sufficiency skills - self-reflection, goal setting, relationships, health, outdoor/environment, financial literacy and decision making. During the 2016-2017 program year (june 1, 2016 to may 31, 2017), youthcare served 490 unduplicated youth, 7-18 years old, 97% of participants qualified for free or reduced-price lunches and were youth of color (african american - 32%; asian - 34%; multiracial - 14%; native american - 13%; latino/a - 4%; european american - 3%). Youthcare served 60% females and 40% males. In total, youthcare programs provided 11,725 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 during the summer. During the 2016-17 program year, 199 youth participated in youthlead activities for a total of 5,429 units of service.
ywmp (young women's mentoring program) is a community-based multicultural youth mentoring program for girls, ages 6-12 years old, who are paired with youth mentors, ages 14-18 residing in the communities of little earth of united tribes and mcdonough townhomes. Programming is focused on developing the leadership, education, employment and life skills of girls and young women. This program provides girls (mentees), ages 6-12 with mentoring during out-of-school time activities that focus on a variety of topics including stem (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, building healthy relationships, confidence, bullying, cultural exploration, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. During the 2016-17 program year, 87 girls, 7-18 years old, for a total of 3,302 units of service.