Supporting thriving multigenerational families living in affordable housing.
YMCA Neighborhood Centers serve families where they live with a goal to meet critical needs and facilitate a path out of poverty.
Each Neighborhood Center connects formal public institutions, young people, and their families through programs designed to break generational cycles of poverty, working with young people and their parents and guardians. We do this by focusing on supporting and providing for critical needs, education, postsecondary & employment pathways, health & well-being, civic engagement, social capital and economic assets.
The program’s strength comes from its immediate locality to and grounding in the realities experienced by these families, predicated on strong partnerships with affordable housing agencies and local schools, as well as the YMCA’s competence as a multi-agency convener. Residents at each location leverage these resources to customize their local program by describing community assets and needs.
Typically, each Center serves k-12 students and their families year-round. The following elements comprise common elements of this program design:
196 young people ages 4-18 and their families in 2016-17 at 3 Centers
4 Neighborhood Centers serving children k-12 and their families
2 additional Neighborhood Centers serve grades 7-12 located elsewhere in the greater Twin Cities
For more information, contact:
Senior Program Director