The Minneapolis Beacons Network is a proven community-school partnership between the Minneapolis Public Schools and four of the largest youth development organizations in the Twin Cities; the YMCA of The Greater Twin Cities, the YWCA of Minneapolis, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, and Minneapolis Community Education.

Spotlighted Partner

Minneapolis Public Schools work in collaborative partnership with the Beacon Centers by:

  • Providing strong principal and teacher leadership
  • Leading formal education strategies and instructional expertise
  • Dedicating physical office and program space
  • Contributing public resources towards staff and transportation costs
  • Committing to on going joint planning, evaluation, and communication

Beacons Lead Agencies


The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social respon- sibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. The Y of the Greater Twin Cities is proud to be the lead and fiscal agency for the Minneapolis Beacons Network, a collaborative of the Minneapolis Public Schools and four of the largest youth serving agencies in the Twin Cities.

YMCA Beacon Centers: Anne Sullivan/Anishinabe, Edison High, Nellie Stone Johnson, Roosevelt High, Sheridan Elementary


The YWCA of Minneapolis stands for a fully inclusive community in which each person is healthy and valued, and where racial justice, gender equality and human dignity are promoted and sustained through bold and effective women’s leadership. YWCA Beacon Learning Centers, located at two north Minneapolis schools, offer youth a combination of academic and enrichment activities four days a week. These after school and summer programs support school success while providing opportunities for learning and fun.

YWCA Beacon Centers: Hmong International Academy, Lucy Laney

Minneapolis Community Education:

Minneapolis Community Education promises to deliver high-quality learning and enrichment opportunities so that together we can improve our lives and our communities. Youth programming, offered through Minneapolis Community Education, ensures students are engaged and energized through fun activities that support learning, creativity, and school success. Tutoring, enrichment, and recreational opportunities allow students to pursue skills and interests. In the process, they develop meaningful relationships with their peers and adults.

Community Education Beacon Centers: Anwatin Middle School, Lucy Laney, Northeast Middle School

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club’s Formula for Impact defines specific strategies to increase quality programming for three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. In the Twin Cities, we are finding great success in strengthening the quality of our programs and increasing frequency of a Club member’s daily attendance. We are implementing a Club Experience filled with life-changing programs, fun, enriching activities, and supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. The combination of these critical elements enables and empowers Club youth to achieve positive outcomes.

Boys & Girls Club Beacon Centers: Olson Middle School, Patrick Henry High School

Funding Partners

Each Beacon agency and center receive funding support from corporate sponsors including Cargill, Sheltering Arms Foundation, Otto Bremer and more.

Funders who support the city-wide network initiatives include Youthprise, Greater Twin Cities United Way, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and General Mills.

What did you learn at Beacons?

”I learned that there is always someone there to listen to you. I also learned that giving up is not the right thing to do.“