MINNEAPOLIS –The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) Minneapolis Afterschool Network has launched its citywide program finder. What’s Up 612! is an online resource of things to do outside of the classroom in Minneapolis. The program finder is a citywide resource where youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people can find afterschool and summer activities for children and youth ages 5-21.
What’s Up 612! brings together afterschool opportunities offered by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board and community organizations.
The website is one element of the YCB Minneapolis Afterschool Network. For years the YCB has been hard at work developing this tool dedicated not only to connecting parents, youth, educators and youth workers with out of school time opportunities, but also dedicated to addressing and shrinking the opportunity gap.
In an effort to continue to promote the message of “Afterschool and Beyond,” there will be a number of What’s Up 612! events taking place this summer. Be on the lookout for tutorials, citywide marketing and public service announcements promoting the importance of afterschool engagement and resources.
To find things to do in the 612!, please visit www.whatsup612.com. For more information about What’s Up 612! contact Afterschool Project Director, Fatima Muhammad by phone at 612.673.2131or via email at email@example.com.
Last summer the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board distributed a survey to licensed child care centers in Minneapolis to gather information about their experiences working with the Hennepin County Child Care Assistance Program. This report summarizes the information provided by the 48 centers responding to the survey,
Goal 3 of YCB’s Call to Action is that all Minneapolis young people have access to safe, quality opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.
As part of that effort, YCB and its partners are developing a citywide out-of-school (OST) provider network.
After conducting an online survey and community engagement meetings with youth-serving organizations in April and May 2013, YCB developed an executive summary, Taking Bold Action: Supporting an Out-of-School Time Provider Network. The executive summary outlines the recommendations, goals and core functions to support OST and youth development programs across the city.
See the YCB’s schedule for implementing the OST plan.
Why do some children succeed while others fail?
Approximately 700 people attended YCB’s Call to Action convening on May 30 to hear reporter and author Paul Tough. Paul revealed findings from his book, How Children Succeed, regarding the importance of character skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control to young people’s success in life. Following his remarks, attendees discussed the role of social and emotional skills in their own lives and how they can help move non-cognitive skill development forward through their work.
As next steps, YCB will be working with researchers from Federal Reserve Bank, the University of Minnesota, community research firms and our public entities to explore how to measure non-cognitive skills in young people and support their further development.
YCB thanks all those who participated and contributed to the dialogue. We also thank our sponsors:
And the following sponsors - Search Institute and Sprockets
With additional support from:
At the Call to Action meeting on Feb. 28, 2013, representatives from the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the community joined Minneapolis YCB to talk about development of an out-of-school time system for Minneapolis. The meeting was hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and included:
Thanks to all who attended!
Minneapolis YCB will be hosting community engagement sessions in each of the city wards to gain input as we plan Minneapolis’ out-of-school time system. Additional information will be included in our e-newsletter and/or e-mailed.
Previous work on the Call to Action meetings:
Thanks to all of you who joined us for the Oct. 15 Call to Action meeting. At the meeting, we furthered our collaborative work together to benefit children, young people and families, with:
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, the YCB, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board:
Simply put – we want to make Minneapolis the best city in the United States for children, young people and families.
The February 28, 2012 Call to Action Launch was an exciting day, and provided the framework for new ways to work together across jurisdictions to support and benefit our children and youth.
Please check back for updates as we continue our collaborative efforts.