Hope Youth Center is the first true equitable learning pod in MN, free and open to all. We cultivate and provide whole community health and healing by supporting full-time distance learners with tech, tutors, tools, meals and healthy snacks, enrichment, engagement, art, music, mental health support, etc. in a safe space. Currently 95% of our students are BIPOC and qualify for free and reduced lunch, 85% have an existing IEP or 504 plan (special ed). We are open every day, all day 8-4pm -- NOT a drop-in or after-school program. Parents are essential workers, single parents w/multiple children, have language barriers, etc. Even if there is a hybrid or FT option, some families do not want their kid in school during a pandemic.
On November 10th, we moved into Allina Commons at Midtown Exchange; a modern, well-appointed facility with a secure private entrance, excellent ventilation, high ceilings, and our own large break room. Students will have their own office pods with partitions, and no immediate neighbor.
COVID-19 SAFETY IS #1: COVID-19 protocol will be strictly followed - daily temperature check, masks required, 6ft distance, frequent sanitizing.
We will be using Slack as a forum for parents, students and volunteers. This will serve as a receptacle for information and updates -- and to limit calls, emails and texts to Valerie and Mary Claire (MC). Stay tuned for an invite to that!
Let us know if you have any questions. Please also keep in mind that Valerie, MC, and Marni are also simply community members and volunteers that love our city and love our children. So bear with us as we work out the kinks -- together in the village...
Below is a link to the Volunteer/Tutor/ Mentor Application. The application is to provide us with more background and information. We also have a virtual schedule to sign up for shifts. Even if you are only able to commit to one short shift every 2 weeks, we would be grateful!
The Real Minneapolis | Hope Youth Center
Location: Allina Commons at Midtown Exchange
2925 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:45am-4:00pm
All students enrolled will receive a free pair of Vans shoes and/or merchandise! Youth ages 10-18, meals and healthy snacks provided.