The Minneapolis Beacons Network engages almost 4,000 K-12th grade Minneapolis youth as leaders and learners each year, providing opportunities for academic, leadership, and 21st Century skill development afterschool and in the summer.
The mission of Beacons is to engage youth as leaders and learners from kindergarten through high school graduation to prepare them for success in the 21st Century.
We develop progressive leadership development opportunities for youth and young adults.
We provide outreach to and engagement with families. We bring programs and services into schools.
Teachers and youth workers partner to design hands-on learning experiences and provide targeted support
We provide a wide menu of structured, high-quality programs.
We coordinate collaborative funding requests and align public & private resources.
We connect partners to a common vision and strategies through convening & communication.
We use program quality and youth outcome evaluation data to continuously improve practice.
We partner with young people, engaging them as decision makers in their schools and communities.
We coordinate joint learning opportunities to build capacity across Minneapolis.
What did you learn at Beacons?
”I learned to express my thoughts aloud and talk to a big crowd.“