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The purpose of the Minneapolis Afterschool Network is to ensure ALL Minneapolis children and youth (ages 5-21) have access to safe comprehensive, high quality afterschool opportunities that support positive youth development, social and emotional learning, educational achievement, career readiness and community engagement. 


Focus Area

Coordination and collaboration of public and nonprofit youth-serving organizations to collectively strengthen and expand the field of out-of-school time in support of young people future success. 

Join the Propel SEL Professional Learning Community

The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board invites you to join the Propel SEL Professional Learning Community!

Propel SEL is a 12-month action learning project for 2-4 person teams from organizations that offer out-of-school youth development and mentoring programs for youth in grades 6-12 in the nine county metro area. The goal is to increase the amount intentional  social-emotional learning practices in each team's organization.

Through the cohort you will:

  • Establish your own practice and reflection on social emotional learning.
  • Work with staff, youth, and families to co-create shared understanding of SEL through use of toolkits and takeaways to use with your team.
  • Create and implement strategies to integrate SEL into your program.
  • Improve your ability to communicate your impact by determining a process for evaluating and/or reflecting on SEL within your program for continuous program improvement.
  • Connect with colleagues and energize your staff team!

The commitment includes the ability for all members of your Propel SEL organization team to participate in monthly 3 hour (9am-12pm) cohort sessions between February 2018-February 2019, with NO meetings June-August 2018. Organizations will have the opportunity to request a stipend to support your participation.

Before applying make sure to checkout the documents below to find out more about Propel SEL  and to review the projects application questions. Click here to apply. Applications must be submitted by December 14. Organizations will be notified by January 15.

Propel SEL is a collaborative project funded by Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Carlson Family Foundation, and facilitated through a partnership between Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, Ignite Afterschool, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and Sprockets with professional development design by the Youth Work Learning Lab and Minneapolis Beacons.


Minneapolis Youth Worker Summit Summer Session

On June 23, 2017 YCB's Minneapolis Afterschool Network and the Minneapolis Health Department held its second youth summit of the year at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. This month's session focused on youth and the importance of making sure youth work professionals kind a balance in reaching their work goals and while aid youth issues. There was also a panel of youth participants and organizing practitioners from Minneapolis Youth Congress, Youth Farm, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Step Up, and the Minneapolis School Based Clinic’s Youth Council whom all shared their thoughts on the best practices in youth engagement.

Youth Worker Open Summit

On March 10, 2017 the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and the Minneapolis Health Department held its first open Youth Worker Summit at UROC in an effort to re-establish and regroup the city's neighborhood youth worker circles. At the gathering youth work professionals broke into to groups to discuss a variety of different issues they face in the field and how they can work together across the city to provide youth with healthy, safe and supportive environments.

Out-of-School Time Participation Gap Study

Study conducted by Youthprise.

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