Programs for Youth

Our youth programs take an interconnected approach to engaging young people in education, and preparing them to meet their goals in life.

Afterschool Programs & Summer Progams

Pillsbury United Communities' afterschool and summer programs nurture the 6C’s of 21st-century skills: creativity, communication, connection, character, confidence and collaboration.  We build on youth's natural curiosity by encouraging them to take risk, reflect, dive into new experiences and contribute to youth driven activities that they are interested in exploring. Starting in kindergarten, our programs develop literacy skills, focus on academic success and aim to develop a solid foundation of lifelong learning. Located in our community centers offering youth a meaningful experience in -and with- the community in a setting that is culturally relevant and supports whole family involvement.  

To find out more about enrollment contact the center in your area:  Waite House (Phillips) 612.721.1681, Oak Park Center (Near North) 612.377.7000, Pillsbury House + Theatre (Powderhorn) 612.824.0708, or Brian Coyle Center (Cedar Riverside) 612.338.5282.

YouthCafé 

Youth Café is Oak Park Center’s newest innovation that includes cooking classes and an intergenerational meal with community members one Saturday a month. Food is prepared alongside an experienced chef and served family style while youth share their talents and lead conversations about food justice issues. For more information and dates, call 612-377-7000.

Crew

Pillsbury United Communities’ Youth Action Crew bridges the gap in afterschool programming between 6th graders and teens with a service-learning program specially designed for youth in 6th to 8th grades.

In CREW, which stands for Creativity, Respect, Employment, and Wisdom, students gain leadership skills through working inter-generationally, as they did on a story-telling project in collaboration with the Minnesota History Center. They discuss career and college preparation and, when successful, are given priority enrollment in FANS.

In addition, CREW kids have worked on community beautification, hunger and nutrition, as well as fine arts like puppet making, and more.

To find out more about enrollment contact the center in your area:  Waite House (Phillips) 612.721.1681, Oak Park Center (Near North) 612.377.7000, Pillsbury House + Theatre (Powderhorn) 612.824.0708, or Brian Coyle Center (Cedar Riverside) 612.338.5282.

Teen Center

This new program at Oak Park Center includes health and nutrition education through the Teen Café as well as media production opportunities, college prep assistance, and youth entrepreneurship programs. For more information, call 612-377-7000.