2019 Grants

Ain Dah Yung Center Saint Paul, MN
Youth Enterpreneurship Initiative at Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung

Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung is the new Permanent Supportive Housing facility for Native youth ages 18-24 developing valuable workforce skills in a culturally responsive setting.
$25,000
Alliance for a Healthier Generation Portland, OR

Alliance for a Healthier Generation empowers youth to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health.
$1,500
Arcata Press (St. Paul Almanac) Saint Paul, MN
Fiscal Agent for Team Studios

Team Studios helps youth entrepreneurs transform their side hustles into services that impact education.
$1,500
Attention Homes Boulder, CO

Attention Homes provides life-changing resources to youth in crisis.
$25,000
Camp Cavell Lexington, MI
Camp Cavell Stewardship and Scholarships
Camp Cavell provides both stewardship of its property and camp experiences for children and adults in the Lexington, Port Huron, Metropolitan Detroit and other communities throughout Michigan.
$1,500

Centro Tyrone Guzman Minneapolis, MN
“Hecho Con Raices” (“Made with Roots”) Salsa YSE
 
Centro sustains and grows the  “Hecho con Raices” enterprise which uses the youth-led production and sale of homemade salsas to equip low-income Latine teens with hands-on skills for success. 

$9,150

CLUES St. Paul, MN
Latino Youth Career Exploration Center
 
CLUES Latino Youth Career Exploration Center is a structured but flexible educational, career exploration, and mentorship program grounded in the concept of youth voice and choice, and influenced by youth input throughout all stages of design.

$20,000

Cookie Cart Minneapolis, MN
Cookie Cart Teen Employment Training
 
Cookie Cart provides teens with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in urban nonprofit bakeries.

$21,000

Dream of Wild Health  Minneapolis, MN
Partnership with Harvest Nation

To introduce the youth of Dream of Wild Health to Harvest Nation, the Native women winners of the MN CUP 2019 who created an indoor aeroponic farm to bring Fresh Quality Heirloom, Non-GMO Vegetables, and Fruits to the Northland.
$1,500

Dream of Wild Health  Minneapolis, MN
Native Youth Pathways to Social Entrepreneurship
 
Dream of Wild Health grows seeds and leaders through its “Native Youth Pathways to Social Entrepreneurship,” which brings the two together by hiring youth leaders to train within this new social enterprise.

$25,000

Elpis Enterprises St. Paul, MN
Career Pathway Building
 
Elpis Enterprises provides employment readiness training with paid work experiences to young people experiencing homelessness by strengthening community engagement in career pathways for Elpis trainees.

$20,000

Feeding Pets of the Homeless Carson City, NV
Feeding Pets of the Homeless
 
Companion pets are important in the lives of many homeless persons as they find solace, protection and friendship through their pets. Feeding Pets of the Homeless bring veterinary care, emergency services, and feeding to these companion pets.

$1,500

FilmNorth Saint Paul, MN
Roderick Cox Music Initiative
 
Inspiring and creating pathways for the next generation of Youth of Color in instrumental classical and jazz performance by providing lessons, instruments and repairs.

$1,500

Fortune Relief And Youth Empowerment Organization FRAYEO Minneapolis, MN Let it Go Program
 
Let it Go is a cultural specific life skills project that uniquely integrates social-emotional learning, job and career readiness to promote the well-being of the East African youth as they learn to  thrive economically and socially in their communities.
$14,174

Frogtown Neighborhood Association St. Paul, MN
Frogtown Youth Initiative (FYI): A Championship Strategy for Community Engagement

Championship Strategy is an outreach initiative to engage and develop youth by hiring them to be Frogtown “champions”. A diverse group of youth (ages 14-24) will serve as leaders to represent youth voice at decision making tables around Frogtown.
$10,000

Genesys Works – Twin Cities Saint Paul, MN
Professional and Technical Skills Training for Underserved Youth
 
In the summer after students’ junior year of high school, Genesys provides students with 150 hours of skills training during an eight-week program. The curriculum includes professional and business technology skills to prepare them for internships.

$10,000

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota St. Paul, MN
YouthBuild Program
 
The YouthBuild program serves disengaged youth ages 16-24 through carpentry training. The 6-month program helps youth develop employment readiness skills, engage in service projects, prepare for high school completion and connect to the community.

$15,000

Lakes Center for Youth And Families Forest Lake, MN
Tried & True Small Engines Youth Social Enterprise Program
 
Tried & True Small Engines is LC4YF’s social enterprise program that gives youth real life experience in running a small business as well as gaining hands on skills in small engine repair under the supervision of a professional mechanic.

$25,000

Mano a Mano International Partners Saint Paul, MN
Mano a Mano International
 
To support training for young men and women in the rural areas, and street youth from Cochabamba to learn how to operate heavy equipment and vehicles used to build roads and reservoirs in rural areas of Bolivia while earning sustainable wages and enviable careers. 

$1,500

Metro-wide Engagement for Shelter & Housing (MESH-MN)
Minneapolis, MN
SMAC Director’s Council
 
MESH is creating a Director’s Council, a group of individuals who are provided a stipend each and who have lived experiences of homelessness, either currently or in the past, to inform and direct the Coordinated Entry Process.

$1,500

MIGIZI Communications . Minneapolis, MN
Migizi First Person Productions-Youth Led Enterprise
 
MIGIZI First Person Productions is a youth-led media training program that provides mentorship, earned income and entrepreneurial skills that fosters careers in the media industry and prepares youth for an increasingly technology based workplace.

$20,000

Montessori American Indian Childcare Center Saint Paul, MN
Montessori American Indian Childcare Center 
 
MAICC addresses the early childhood needs and the academic achievement gap of American Indian children, and seeks to become the premier model of early childhood opportunity through revitalizing the language and culture.

$1,500

Penumbra Theatre St Paul, MN
Summer Institute 
 
Penumbra’s Summer Institute (SI) welcomes Minnesota teenagers to study theatre for creative expression, civic engagement, college readiness, and career development.

$25,000

Saint Paul Urban Tennis St. Paul, MN
Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program
 
SPUT is expanding its leadership programs by adding a Youth Social Entrepreneurship component.  Youth in SPUT programs will have the opportunity to learn about the essentials of entrepreneurship and lead their own “mini-business” throughout the year.

$20,000

Simpson Housing Services Minneapolis, MN
Young Parent Program
 
The Young Parent Program (YPP) provides supportive housing to youth (18 to 24) and their children. We focus on helping families sustain permanent housing, as well as set and attain goals in education, employment, parenting, and community engagement.

$15,000

The BrandLab Minneapolis, MN
Internship and Connect Programs 
 
Internships provide advanced work readiness training and help students develop a professional network. Connect co-creates with students a strong alumni network that supports students and recent graduates through college and entry-level positions.

$10,000

The Bridge for Youth Minneapolis, MN
Rita’s House
 
Rita’s House is 12 units of affordable rental housing, case management, and living skills development to prepare homeless youth for sustainable living; 80% of youth will exit to stable housing, and increase well-being, connections and self-sufficiency.
$25,000

The Link Minneapolis, MN
Supportive Housing for Youth and Young Families Experiencing Homelessness
 
The Link provides supportive housing for youth and young families experiencing homelessness in the Twin Cities. In addition to stable housing, youth receive case management services and develop skills for a future of resilience and self-sufficiency.

$20,000

Twin Cities Catalyst Music Burnsville, MN
Eastside Connection
 
Eastside Connection will provide paying positions, leadership training, entrepreneurial skills, career exploration, and mentoring for youth at all ages featuring an alcohol free music venue and arts space in East St. Paul.

$15,000

Urban Boatbuilders Saint Paul, MN
Apprenticeship Program
 
The Apprenticeship Program provides paid job training to underserved youth facing one or more barriers to employment. Youth work together in cohorts to build boats, and along the way build technical, career-readiness, and social-emotional skills.
$20,000

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Minnesota: Nativity of Our Lord Conference St. Paul MN

The Society of St Vincent finds support for women and their children who are facing homelessness.

$5,000

Urban Roots St. Paul, MN
Youth Internship Training for Social Entrepreneurship
 
Urban Roots provides low-income, diverse, East St. Paul youth ages 14-18 with youth social entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities through sustainable agriculture, cooking, and conservation in year-round, tiered paid internship programs.

$25,000

Urban Strategies   St. Louis, MN
Green Garden Bakery Career Connects
 
Green Garden Bakery is an award winning youth-run social enterprise piloting Career Connects – a project to support the educational attainment, employment, and economic mobility of Heritage Park’s young adult graduates of Green Garden Bakery.

$16,000

YouthLinkMN Minneapolis, MN
Pathways to Self-Sufficiency for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
 
YouthLink’s innovative model to address homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds spans the continuum of their journeys. The approach begins with helping youth believe in themselves and then supporting them as they find pathways to self-sufficiency.

$15,000
Youth Works Ramsey County Youth Workforce Development System
Ramsey County MN
This year zero partnership with Sundance and the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce begins to develop a specific youth workforce system in Ramsey County.
$10,000