New Education & Community Partnerships

see related “Conversation with Acooa Ellis on Education”

Recipients of United Way’s Student and Family Empowerment grants were identified by the input of community members, education leaders, students, and parents.

Phillips/Ventura Village Minneapolis Grantees

The community expressed a need for culturally relevant mental health resources and community healing, basic needs support, and academic support for students with trusted adults.

  • Hope Community: Funds will support Hope Community’s Youth Learning and Leadership Program (YLL) that provides social-emotional support, mental health support, and navigation support for highly mobile students. 
  • Centro Tyrone Guzman: Funds will support the “Circulos de Seguridad” or “Security Circles,” which are culturally specific mental health and support groups for youth and inter-generational Latinx communities.
  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES): Funds will support mental health small groups for middle school students and for school staff. Student-centered efforts will provide art-based approaches to mental health services and art supplies (“therapeutic kit”). Additional efforts are focused on the mental health of educational practitioners.
  • Boys & Girls Club Little Earth: Funds will support ongoing engagement of Native youth in the Little Earth neighborhood, including efforts around community connection and physical activity, academic support and culturally specific programming. 
  • North Star Network: Funds will support in person, small group academic pods that complement the school curriculum and provide enrichment to students. This effort provides a physical space for students to log in to their virtual classrooms with adult supervision and support.

Schools partnering with these organizations to serve students include: Aurora Charter School, Andersen United Community School, South High School, Nawayee Center School, Friendship Academy and the Loring Nicollet Alternative High School.

St. Paul North End Grantees

The community expressed a need for support in the areas of food, housing, and internet connectivity as well as physical, safe spaces for students and culturally relevant mental health resources.

  • Neighborhood House: Funds will support a culturally specific, school-based coach to provide resources for food, emergency housing needs and individual goal setting as well as a Karen family support group. 
  • Boys & Girls Club Mt. Airy: Funds will support full-day academic small groups and online academic support for additional students. Program staff helps students and families access and engage with their school assignments and offers enrichment.
  • Wilder Mental Health & Wellness: Funds will support the immediate needs of students and families participating in mental health services across multiple school sites. In addition, staff will develop a geography-specific task force of mental health providers serving schools to identify needs in the community.

Schools partnering with these organizations to serve students include: St. Paul Music Academy, Paul & Sheila Wellstone Elementary, Washington Technology Magnet, Mississippi Creative Arts, John A Johnson Elementary, Crossroads Montessori, Minnesota Math & Science Academy, and the Community School of Excellence.