Youth Programs- Elementary and Middle School
Learning Lab, Grades 1-8 . . .
The Learning Lab invests in leadership development, academic support, and a variety of enrichment opportunities such as music, STEM and entrepreneurship for students in grades 1-8. Participants of this program will find themselves part of a community and positioned to lead and impact their communities.
Contact Nichole, 612.545.9848 or NicholeFlowers@urbanventures.org
Youth Programs- High School and Post Secondary
High school: Urban Ventures' Young Life . . .
Urban Ventures' Young Life is a mentoring program in which youth in grades 9-12 take part in engaging large group program nights, are mentored in small groups, and attend life-changing camps. They are also given access to academic support, college visits, ACT prep courses, and FAFSA workshops. Participants receive social/emotional support and the academic resources to graduate and be either college bound or employable after high school.
Contact LaToya, 612.545.9832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Post-Secondary: Act Six Scholarship Initiative . . .
Act Six is an urban leadership development and mentoring program administered in the Twin Cities by Urban Ventures. Act Six provides 25-35 full-tuition, full-need scholarships at one of our partner colleges: Augsburg College, Bethel University, University of Northwestern-St.Paul, or North Central University. Each scholar graduates with a fully funded college career and is prepared to return to his or her community to make a lasting impact.
Contact Marquise, 612.455.4607 or MarquiseDixon@urbanventures.org
For more information, visit http://www.actsix.org/mw/twincities/
Youth Programs- Other
Urban Stars Athletics (grades 1-12) . . .
Urban Stars Athletics is a competitive, year-round soccer and basketball program for youth ages 5-18. The mission of Urban Stars is to build relationships through sports and change lives through relationships. Volunteer coaches mentor athletes and provide a safe place for them to play, learn, and grow.
Music Academy & Recording Studio (grades 6-12) . . .
The Music Academy and Recording Studio offers free small group music classes and individual private lessons for youth in grades 6-12. Participants have access to a full array of instruments and artistic outlets, including piano, guitar, drums, recording production, and hip hop. Studio time is free for students.
Contact John,612.545.9853 or
CityKid Nutrition Education Classes . . .
Children and their families will not purchase, cook, or eat food that does not taste good. That is why our healthy cooking classes and demonstrations teach participants how to prepare meals with whole, plant-based foods and ingredients that are delicious, easy to prepare, nutritious, and affordable!
Contact Mark-Peter, 612.638.1016 or
Family and Parenting Programs
Siempre Padres . . .
Siempre Padres (Forever Parents) works to break the negative habits that create dysfunctional families in the local Latino community. During 20 weeks of classes, Siempre Padres' Spanish-language curriculum empowers the entire family—parents and children—to work together to build strong and healthy relationships. Participant growth focuses on three pillars: personal character development, couple/family relationships, and parenting dynamics.
After graduating from the initial phase, participants are invited to participate in topic-centered classes and peer-led small groups, gaining valuable information while developing a strong network of support and encouragement.
Contact Franklin, 612.545.9861 or
Center for Fathering . . .
The Center for Fathering works to empower men and women to be effective and loving parents through engaging large and small group classes. Each session is taught by urban parenting experts and focuses on teaching practical skills, helping participants be the parent their children need. Over 70 percent of parents who attend just one class continue on to graduate from the program.
The Center for Fathering offers free childcare at evening sessions and provides bus tokens to participants that need help with transportation.
Contact Priscilla Brown, MA
Office: 612.455.4644 or email PriscillaBrown@urbanventures.org
Ready Set Work . . .
The Ready? Set! Work... Employment Resource Center gives motivated individuals access to vocational training and a network of felon-friendly employers, helping participants find and keep sustainable employment at a livable wage. Participants work one-on-one with program staff to inventory skills, prepare a résumé and practice interview etiquette. Our dedicated staff provides ongoing support after placement to ensure that the newly-employed retain and advance in their jobs.
Monday, 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, 9 am - 7 pm
Wednesday, 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday, 10 am - 7 pm
Friday, 9 - 11 am
Employment Readiness Classes:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 - 6 pm
CityKid Enterprises . . .
Food-focused social enterprises directed by Urban Ventures give teen and adult employees the opportunity to receive paid job skills training as cooks (ServSafe certification), beekeepers and farm-workers.
StudiOne Eighty . . .
StudiOne Eighty, led by Urban Ventures' Founder Art Erickson, is an institute for training community development leaders. Art shares his insights for your foresight—building lasting relationships and navigating the complexities of turning geography into community, together.