Because of the we receive from donors, we’re able to work toward ensuring every child in the Greater Twin Cities area has what they need to achieve their best with initiatives like:
First created to impact homeless youth populations in the Twin Cities, we offer supportive services that target young people experiencing barriers as a result of homelessness or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
Whether it’s helping with homework after school or combating summer learning loss, the Y’s educational and enrichment programs motivate and inspire children to learn by combining academics with play in a caring and safe environment.
For young people, the right guidance and support can make a real difference in life—now and in the future. The Y is committed to helping youth and teens figure out who they are and what they can achieve. Learn about initiatives that help young people be healthy and active, build leadership and career skills, gain work experience, plus foster social responsibility and cultural competence.
Young people facing structural barriers can connect with organizations interested in hosting paid internships. This job-training initiative gives eligible youth ages 14-24 invaluable experience and critical skills for long-term career success. Find out how to host an internship.
All children need to learn how to be safe around water, and children of color are especially vulnerable to water-related accidents and drownings. We partner with our community to offer free water safety instruction for kids ages 5-14. See how the Y works toward child safety around water.
Health and fitness programs
From helping kids to feel more comfortable with their athletic abilities to tackling unhealthy lifestyles, the Y is a resource for kids to be active and healthy with offerings like: