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Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will host an urban Mississippi canoe journey for 40 youth in partnership with Wilderness Inquiry, Mississippi Park Connection, National Parks Conservation Association, National Park Service and Heartland Realty Tuesday, June 12. 

Youth ages 7-24 from Youth Intervention Services, a program that supports youth facing barriers due to challenges like homelessness or involvement in the juvenile justice system, and YMCA Neighborhood Centers, will paddle over five miles down the Mississippi River starting at River Park Pavilion to Boom Island, with a stop at Durham Island to complete a service learning project focused on sustainability. 

“Providing meaningful outdoor experiences for young people is a key tenet of the YMCA’s mission,” said Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YMCA. “The canoe trip held by Youth Intervention Services and our partners gives more youth in our community the opportunity to participate in enriching outdoor activities and engage in environmental education.”

WHO: 
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Intervention Services and partners Wilderness Inquiry, Mississippi Park Connection, National Parks Conservation Association, National Park Service and Heartland Realty.

WHAT:
Mississippi River Canoe Trip for Youth

WHEN AND WHERE:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet at River Park Pavilion at 101 83rd Avenue in Brooklyn Park, MN at 11:00 a.m.

About the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 162 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across 12 counties of the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 28 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 350,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcamn.org.