Who are the young people participating in Beacons?


Beacons focuses on serving young people that would not otherwise have access to high quality afterschool opportunities: 

  • 90% are youth of color
  • 91% recieve free or reduced lunch, indicating they are from low-income families
  • 15% receive Special Education services
Languages spoken by Beacons youth include English, Spanish, Somali, Oromo, Hmong, and American Sign Language.

What are the Goals of Beacons?

Research shows that afterschool programs can lead to positive long term outcomes for youth, including our core goals for young people:

  • Increased academic achievement
  • Increased sense of school connectedness
  • Increased capacity for productive adulthood
  • Increased youth leadership and community engagement
Our vision for the future:
  • Every young person in Minneapolis graduates high school ready for college, work, and life.

What are the strategies for meeting those goals?

Our Youth Development framework emphasizes building positive relationships, building on strengths, and having fun while learning and growing together. We engage young people as leaders and learners through a variety of opportunities for skill building, positive decision-making, and connection to positive peers and adults.

Programs Offered Include:
  • Service Learning
  • Youth Employment
  • Leadership Training
  • Character and social skills development
  • Arts and Cultural Enrichment
  • Sports and recreation
  • Extracurricular skill building
  • Group work/team building
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring