Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board

Community Organizations

Youth leadership opportunities

Organizations that help you build your skills

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Beacons
Beacons provides free leadership development and academic activities for young people and their families. Activities are hosted after school at 8 locations in Minneapolis. Since 1998, this program has helped kids improve their performance at school and become stronger leaders.

Boys and Girls Club
After school and on weekends, the Boys and Girls Club provides kids a safe, positive place to learn and have fun. Choose from a wide variety of programs and activities that focus on fitness and recreation, leadership, academics, the arts and much more. Membership is affordable—just $5 per child per year.

Brian Coyle Center
Located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, the Brian Coyle Center helps students succeed in school and prepare for higher education. Kids College is a reading-tutoring program for grades K-8. Jumpstart, a service-learning program, is designed for grades 6-8. The FANS program readies 8th- through 12th-graders for college.

Camp Fire USA - Minnesota Council
Through outdoor and community programs, Camp Fire USA gives kids fun ways to explore nature and learn how to protect it. Sign up for summer camp or a wilderness trip.

East Side Neighborhood Services
Based in Northeast Minneapolis, this center offers youth programs for ages 5-18. Attend Camp Bovey, a summer camp for boys and girls ages 8-14, or participate in fun activities after the summer school day. Menlo Park Academy gives teens an alternative way to earn a high-school diploma.

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Girls in Action
Girls in Action works to prevent violence among high school girls, while engaging them in academics and leadership. A multicultural group of mentors visits area schools to teach skills and provide support. Visit the site to discover if Girls in Action is offered at your school.

Hope Community
Hope Community revitalizes neighborhoods through community support and real estate development. The program gives young people opportunities to get involved, including a mentorship program for civic engagement.

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Nia Imani Youth & Family Development Center
A part of the Kwanzaa Community Church, the Center nurtures African-American families in the Hawthorne/ Jordan neighborhoods. Programs include Freedom School, a 5-week summer school that helps struggling students. Studio Club gives youth ages 12-24 a chance to record music in a sound studio located in the church.

Peace Foundation
Through community events, the Peace Foundations aims to decrease violence in North Minneapolis. Join StandUP, a movement that empowers Northside teens to end violence in their community. StandUP members participate in Freestylin' Fridays, basketball, double-dutch, 5K runs, movie nights, hip hop bowling, and drill and dance team.

Pillsbury United Communities
After-school and summer-school programs. Mentoring and support groups. Volunteer opportunities. Pillsbury United Communities offers these services and more at 6 neighborhood centers. Visit the website to find the center closest to you.

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Youthline Outreach Mentorship Program
Youthline offers kids ages 12-16 activities like canoeing, swimming, games, contests, service-learning, field trips and more. Hosted by the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board, Youthline is available at 29 area parks.

Youththrive
A branch of PeaceJam International, Youthrive empowers teens through music, dance and spoken-word poetry. Additional program curriculum introduces young people to 12 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Students have the chance to participate in two annual events: PeaceJam and PeaceJam Slam.

YWCA
Programs include Discovery Leadership, which engages girls in social action projects and Girls Inc®, a girl-specific after-school program that provides homework help. Girls' RAP (Resolution and Prevention) helps kids involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.

YMCA
The YMCA 24/Seven program works with referred youth (ages 16 and up) who are exiting Hennepin County programs and need independent housing. The YMCA POINT Northwest is a 24-hour crisis intervention and mediation program for youth on the run, thinking of running away, homeless, or transitioning out of foster care, group homes and correctional placements.