Build economic development strategies that ensure local and broad-based ownership for vibrant local economies. This sub-cohort is led by Nexus Community Partners.
C3 Host Sites
C3 TwinCities has a unique sub-cohort structure which allows us to approach poverty reduction efforts in a more holistic way.
Community Wealth Building Host Sites
Nexus Community Partners is a community building and funding intermediary working at the intersection of community organizations, philanthropy, public institutions and community development corporations. Our mission is to build more engaged and powerful communities of color. The organization builds equitable and just communities through the framework of authorship (community engagement), leadership (cultivating power) and ownership (community wealth building).
Better Futures Minnesota engages men who have had a history of incarceration, homelessness, poverty, and untreated mental and physical health challenges to help them achieve self-sufficiency and a better future for themselves and their communities. They seek to address this crisis through an evidence-based, integrated-care model that connects the men of Better Futures with the Four Fundamentals (health, housings, jobs, and coaching) and focuses on healing, personal accountability, and hard work—all of the parts working together to achieve personal transformation and positive outcomes.
The City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) is the only perpetually affordable homeownership organization serving the City of Minneapolis. Since assisting its first household into ownership in 2004, the CLCLT has been able to assist 268 low- and moderate-income (less than 80% of Area Median Income) households into affordable home ownership and has now facilitated 41 resales of existing CLCLT homes.
Appetite For Change (AFC) is a food justice social enterprise using food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change. AFC actively works towards a more just local food system through operating Breaking Bread Cafe, managing several community garden plots, engaging youth through their employment program, continuing their Community Cooks classes, & housing the Northside Fresh Coalition.
As a one-stop-shop for financial information, resources, & tools, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Eastside Financial Center (LSS EFC) provides a continuum of financial wellness services: financial counseling & education, integrated career & financial coaching services, customized matched savings programming, access to banking and financial products, and free tax preparation services. Services are geared towards empowering people to achieve financial wellness (financial counseling: budgeting, credit, debt, and education), combat poverty and build wealth through income (employment) and/or assets, & economic and social justice.
Education Host Sites
Build ties between schools and their communities, help learning become more relevant, and engage parents for student success. This sub-cohort is led by The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota.
North Community High School is a public, four-year high school located in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. North Community High School’s mission is to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and habits to succeed in a challenging college program and 21st century workforce. We are committed to advancing students from their present level of academic performance to a level that exceeds high school standards. We offer students the choice of two small academies on which to focus their studies, North Academy of the Arts and Communications, and North Science and Technology, Engineering and Math Academy (NSTEM).
The KIPP Through College (KTC) Program supports students as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP Through College helps alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career. KTC is first and foremost driven by our advisors’ direct work with students and families, so most of our current capacity is centered on directly serving their needs.
Friendship Academy of the Arts Charter School is a proven K-6 education program located in South Minneapolis. It is our mission “To Education children to be confident, creative and competent citizens.” Our vision is that “Learners are empowered to find meaning and understanding through the Arts, which include: dance, music, theater, literature, media, and visual.”
Hiawatha Academies is a network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools dedicated to closing the achievement gap and inspiring broader educational transformation in Minneapolis. We work to ensure that neither race nor zip code determines a child’s educational opportunities or future potential. Since 2007, Hiawatha Academies has grown from 140 kindergarten and first-grade scholars learning in spare classrooms in a south Minneapolis building to a nationally-recognized four-school network of schools offering a rigorous, character-building education to over 1,000 scholars.
Opportunity Youth Host Sites
Rekindle the dreams of youth by connecting them to career pathway and post-secondary opportunities. This sub-cohort is led by the Pohlad Family Foundation.
The Pohlad Family Foundation is a Minneapolis based family foundation whose mission is to “improve the quality of life in the Twin Cities” through grantmaking and strategic initiatives. This position will focus on the Pohlad Foundation’s Youth Advancement Program and interest in improving employment and training outcomes for low-income young adults. The Youth Advancement Program goal is to make a positive contribution to lowering the number of disconnected youth in the Twin Cities.
The mission of Hennepin County’s Housing Stability Office is to develop systems to assist the most vulnerable, disabled, and impoverished residents of Hennepin County in obtaining and retaining housing. In 2017 and 2018 we will focus on creating housing opportunities for the poorest people in the community and connecting the work of ending homelessness to larger systems – child welfare, employment, healthcare, and corrections — so that we can fill the gaps in mainstream services where people can slide into homelessness.
PPL is a trusted multiservice agency that builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. Within our Employment Readiness work, we focus on education and develop programs that help disadvantaged jobseekers gain work-readiness skills, earn credentials, and prepare for and enter the workforce in high-growth job sectors. Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) and partners—Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools and Minneapolis Community and Technical College—will expand Job’s for America’s Graduates (JAG) career readiness model and provide a range of supplemental services, including access to post-secondary education and employment, financial education, coaching and asset building opportunities, and mental health services for youth involved in foster care, juvenile justice and/or youth who are homeless. These integrated support services will be delivered on-site at seven contract alternative high schools throughout Minneapolis.
YouthLink is one of the most experienced nonprofit youth service providers in the Twin Cities. The organization began in 1974 as a unit of the Hennepin County Area Youth Diversion Programs, then incorporated as a private nonprofit organization in 1978. Ever since, YouthLink has served as a critical resource and refuge for young people experiencing or at-risk for homelessness. The Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) brings together multiple nonprofit agencies, services and resources in one place, providing a “one-stop shop” for homeless youth.
The goal of the Teen HOPE and Pathways programs is to engage, reconnect, and retain teen parent families in meaningful education and training programs leading to improved stability and living wage jobs. This program is run through the Hennepin Health Foundation.