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).
Merrick Community Services supports individuals and families to navigate life transitions, find health and stability, and promote independence. They are guided by the values of individuality, diversity, and dignity; integrity; partnership; stewardship; and responsiveness to the needs of the community they serve.
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.
Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) began working to advance the efforts of underserved entrepreneurs in the community a decade ago. Launched in 2006 with grant from NorthWay Community Trust, NEON used its talents and offerings to build and support Northside businesses owned by lower-income Northside residents.
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.
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.”
Rêve Academy’s mission is to help kids dream with direction through pathways to digital careers. Rêve Academy partners with schools to deliver their curriculum to over 1,000 students a year. Promising students have the opportunity to intern at Rêve Academy, where they earn a wage and learn new skills while operating Student-Run Businesses. Their philosophy is founded on the belief that kids can lead us into the future. By investing in them today, our community will see a better tomorrow.
Patrick Henry High School a public, four-year high school located in North Minneapolis that values and supports the experiences of inquiry and learning through meaningful opportunities that bring intercultural understanding to students, staff, neighbors, and our world. Patrick Henry is a community where all stakeholders work systematically to close educational and opportunity gaps to become a stronger, higher performing IB World school ensuring that all students are college, career, and life ready.
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. In 2018, they began implementing their new strategic focus on housing stability with the goal to prevent and end homelessness amongst families and youth in the Twin Cities 7-County metropolitan area.
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.