Call to Action

What’s Up 612!™ - YCB’s Afterschool Program Finder

Whats Up LogoMINNEAPOLIS –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 For more information about What’s Up 612! contact Afterschool Project Director, Fatima Muhammad by phone at 612.673.2131or via email at

Child Care Assistance Program Survey: Summary of Findings

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,

View the report

Developing a Citywide Out-of-School Time Provider Network 

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.   

Update on May 30 meeting with Paul Tough, author, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character  



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:

The Greater Twin Cities United Way 

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And the following sponsors - Search Institute and Sprockets                                                                                                                                  




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With additional support from: 

  • University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development
  • Carlson Family Foundation
  • Hennepin County Library and Hennepin County A-GRAD
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Youthprise
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
  • Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)


Feb. 28 Call to Action Meeting:  Overview

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:

  • presentation by Sheila Oehrlein, Minnesota Department of Education
  • An overview of Sprockets, St. Paul’s Out-of-School Time Network by Kari Denissen Cunnien
  • Comments from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who is one of three Minnesotans featured in a new compendium of articles on out-of-school time.

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:

Highlights of Oct. 15 Call to Action Meeting

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:

  • video recapping the Call to Action launch in Feb. 2012 with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Minneapolis Public Schools, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
  • Special guest speaker Karen Pittman, President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment, who spoke on "Creating Community Change to Ensure Children and Youth are Ready by 21" (PowerPoint)
  • Comments by Ann DeGroot, who provided an overview on YCB’s Call to Action strategic plan to help make Minneapolis the best city for children and young people 
  • Representatives from 4 cross-jurisdictional workgroups – one workgroup for each of our shared goals – presenting the priority projects that the jurisdictions will work on together in the coming year.    
 Ann DeGroot, Richard Mammen, Karen Pittman
Ann DeGroot, YCB Executive Director; Richard Mammen, Director, Board of Education and Board Vice Chairman, YCB; and Karen Pittman, The Forum for Youth Investment
YCB’s jurisdictional partners participate in the Call to Action meeting
Representatives from the YCB’s four jurisdictions participating in the Oct. 15 Call to Action meeting
We greatly appreciate the dedication, planning and strategic work of all the workgroups over the summer. Thanks to your efforts, we will be moving the priority projects ahead – and look forward to achieving measurable impact to improve the lives of Minneapolis’ children and young people around our four goals:
  1. All Minneapolis Children Enter Kindergarten Ready to be Successful in School
  2. All Minneapolis Young People Graduate from High School on Time
  3. All Minneapolis Young People have Access to Safe, Quality Opportunities to Learn Outside of the Classroom
  4. All Minneapolis Children and Young People Are Ready to Further Their Potential through Lifelong Learning, Work Experience and Community Connections

More about the Call to Action:

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, the YCB, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board:

  • Launched a collaborative Call to Action, a groundbreaking, cross-jurisdictional movement for and with Minneapolis’ children and young people  
  • Shared our commitments for supporting children and youth
  • Underscored that commitment by signing a citywide “Compact for Minneapolis Children and Young People,” a public commitment to our collaborative work

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.