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Program directory

 
 

This page contains information from our most recent program catalog, published twice yearly (fall and spring).


 

*Athletic programs require minimum enrollment to run.

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Act Six

URBAN VENTURES' COLLEGE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Each year, 50+ four-year, full-tuition, full-need scholarships are provided to emerging community leaders who want to use their college education to make a positive impact on their campus and home community. Urban Ventures Act Six scholars receive leadership training and ongoing support as they learn to lead for real.

Applications are due November 5, 2019.

For application help, contact Mayra at mmacias@ecmc.org.


Academic Support

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After School Support

After School Support is an academic-based after-school program where students in grades 1-5 receive literacy support and homework help to stay on track in school. Support is provided in both English and Spanish. The program also focuses on developing character and healthy peer relationships. For students in grades 1-5; space is limited.

Date & Time:
Classes begin Sept 9, 2019 and follow the Minneapolis Public Schools calendar.

Early-release schools:
Mondays & Wednesdays |   2:30-5:15 pm

Late release schools:
Tuesdays & Thursdays |   3:30-6:30 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures Youth Center
3016 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE

 
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Reading Plus

Reading Plus helps students grow as readers and writers. Our team works with developing readers during the school day at our neighboring schools. Additionally, the program provides both after school and summer reading lessons. For students in grades 1-5.

Program participation is by invitation only.


Basketball

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Jr. NBA/WNBA Basketball Academy

Learn the game the right way and have fun! This academy emphasizes basic skills development, playing as a team, and good sportsmanship.
For boys and girls in grades 1-5.

Date & Time:
Wednesdays |   6-7:30 pm
Fall: Sept 19 - Nov 20, 2019 
Winter: Dec 11, 2019 - Feb 12, 2020

Location:
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $100 (Fall) / $80 (Winter)

 
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Winter Basketball

For boys and girls ready to play competitively. Two practices per week with games on weekends.
For grades 4-8.

Date & Time:
Tryouts:  
Season: Nov 4, 2019 - March 14, 2020
(Practice days and times vary by team)

Location:
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $350-430


Families & Adults

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Life Blood

This 12-week curriculum is designed to help you become a better parent, partner, and person.
For adults ages 18+.

Date & Time:
Tuesdays |   5:30-7:30 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE

 
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Prenatal Class: Me & My Baby!

(For pregnant women and moms with a baby under 1 year old)

Prepare to give the best to your baby! You will learn how to help your baby develop physically and mentally, how to prevent accidents, the symptoms of postpartum depression, nutrition, attachment, and more.

Our classes provide practical tools to help you navigate pregnancy and take care of your newborn.

In addition, you will join a supportive group of women who are going through the same stage of life, and who understand your language and culture. Classes are taught in Spanish.

Date & Time:
Aug 7 - Nov 27, 2019
Wednesdays   |   6-7:30 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE

 
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Center for Families: Siempre Padres

Our program can help you implement positive and last changes in your family. We offer a holistic 20-week curriculum for families who want to grow in their interpersonal relationships and learn new dynamics to be even better parents.

Siempre Padres includes a program for your children ages 6 months - 15 years, complete with dinner, games, and a lesson that mirror’s the adult topic.

At the end of the curriculum, we celebrate your investment in your family with a formal graduation ceremony. Graduates are welcome to continue with the second phase of our curriculum Classes are taught in Spanish.

Date & Time:
Aug 7 - Dec 18, 2019
Wednesdays   |   6-7:30 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE

 
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Center for Families: Siempre Padres, Phase II

Graduates of Siempre Padres are encouraged to continue in Phase II. This curriculum focuses on helping families navigate legal, financial and social challenges by offering topic sessions in family law, housing law, and immigration law, personal and family finances, local law enforcement, and labor rights, among others. This empowers families through education and helps them build relationships with direct service providers who will support their basic needs as they work to transition out of poverty.

Children continue with their program for ages 6 months - 15 years, complete with dinner, games, and a lesson.

Classes are taught in Spanish. Open to graduates of Siempre Padres Phase I.

Date & Time:
Aug 7 - Dec 18, 2019
Wednesdays   |   6-7:30 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE

Pathways

Urban Ventures and the City Attorney’s Office of Minneapolis partner together to offer Pathways to New Beginnings, a diversion program that is designed as an alternative for those charged with misdemeanor gun offenses. Upon completion of the 9-month Pathways program, individuals can avoid serving time in the workhouse. If they have no new offenses for a period of two years, the initials charges are dismissed. In other words, it affords a person a second chance to live a healthier lifestyle. This program is not open to the general public. Participation is by court order.


Farm

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Farm & Market

Feed your family good food. Our farm stand sells organically-grown vegetables from our own local farms. As a bonus, we offer wood-fired pizza, burritos, salads, and more from our food truck. Because healthy food produces a healthy community.

Each summer, we employ 15 high school students from the neighborhood to grow and distribute fresh produce to Urban Ventures participants, as well as local partners like Green Central Elementary. 

Neighborhood residents get 50% off everything with a free membership. Sign up at the market.

Date & Time:
July-October
Tuesdays & /Wednesdays   |   11:30 am-6:30 pm

Location:
The corner of the Midtown Greenway & 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55408

Cost: Prices vary


Music & Arts

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Music Classes

Learn how to play an instrument from real-world musicians! Our small group lessons are available for guitar and piano. Sessions run for eight weeks. Day of the week depends on ability level. For youth ages 8-18.

Date & Time:
Sept 9 - Nov 1, 2019
Nov 11 - Dec 20, 2019*
Jan 6 - Feb 8, 2020
March 9 - April 30, 2020
May 11 - June 12, 2020*

Beginners: Tuesdays |   6-7:30 pm
Intermediate: Monday or Wednesdays |   6-7:30 pm
Advanced: Thursdays |   6-7:30 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures Youth Center
3016 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $25/family (for all 8 weeks)
*Indicates a shorter session; cost is $20

 
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Hip Hop 4 Life

In this class, teens learn about the roots of hip hop, as well as how the recording process works. They will also have the chance to write and record their own original song. For youth ages 13-21.  

Date & Time:
Tuesdays & Thursdays   |   4:45-6 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures Youth Center
3016 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE

 
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Beats 4 Life

A beat-making class for high school students. In this class, teens learn how to use an MPC live beats machine. Sessions run eight weeks each. For youth ages 13-19.  

Date & Time:
Tuesdays & Thursdays   |   6-7 pm

Sept 9 - Nov 1, 2019
Nov 11 - Dec 20, 2019*
Jan 6 - Feb 8, 2020
March 9 - April 30, 2020
May 11 - June 12, 2020*

Location:
Urban Ventures Youth Center
3016 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $25 (for all eight weeks)
*Indicates a shorter session; cost is $20

 
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Open Mic Night

Share your talent with the community at Open Mic Nights. This is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. These nights are open to the public. All acts and ages are welcome. No application necessary.    

Date & Time:
Last Friday each month   |   6-8 pm

Location:
Urban Ventures Youth Center
3016 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE


Soccer

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Kids Soccer Academy

The perfect choice for those who are new to soccer. This academy emphasizes basic skills development, playing as a team, good sportsmanship, and leadership training. For boys and girls in grades K-5.   

Date & Time:
Mondays   |   6-7:30 pm
Sept 16 - Nov 18, 2019

Location: 
Turf field north of Urban Ventures
2841 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

(In case of weather)
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $50

 
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Youth Traveling Soccer, U9-U18

These competitive, year-round traveling soccer teams for boys and girls are community-centered and affordable. Practices and games are 2-3x per week. Teams have already formed; a tryout is required for new players on teams with open roster spots.  For youth ages 7-17.

Date & Time: 
Aug 2019 - July 2020
Days and times vary by team.

Location: 
Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center
2924 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: 
$200 - fall season 
$250 - winter season
$425 - spring/summer season


Youth

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Young Life

Young Life is a group mentoring program that provides a place for high school youth to hang out, have fun, share a meal, play games, and meet new people. Come and get connected! For grades 9-12.  No application necessary. 

Date & Time: 
Thursdays  |   6-8 pm
Sept 30, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Location: 
Urban Ventures Youth Center
3016 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: FREE

 
 
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