Better Together Hennepin

Better Together Hennepin

The submission deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.

Better Together Hennepin: Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth (BTH) is a teen pregnancy prevention initiative managed by Hennepin County and supported by Youthprise and a variety of community partners.

Housed within Hennepin County Public Health, Better Together Hennepin (BTH) partners with the community to support programming and  change systems in order to advance adolescent sexual health and wellbeing. In 2014, BTH and Youthprise launched a public-private partnership to broaden, deepen, and sustain BTH’s infrastructure and support youth engagement practices.

Better Together Hennepin delivers four key supports proven to promote adolescent health in Hennepin County neighborhoods and cities with the greatest needs:

  • connections to caring adults,
  • access to adolescent-friendly health care
  • healthy youth development opportunities
  • comprehensive sexual health education.

This approach includes a variety of innovative and evidence-based programs that are guided by community engagement.


Request for Proposals

Youthprise conducts an RFP process for Youthprise’s Better Together Hennepin restricted fund. The 2018 deadline has passed. Funding is used to implement programs that promote adolescent sexual health and wellbeing as described in the guidelines.

You can download past program description guidelines and background information on the program areas. Additional information on BTH programs can be found here Better Together Hennepin | Hennepin County

Current Grantees

In 2018, Youthprise selected the following organizations to receive Better Together Hennepin grants (2018-2021).

Annex Teen Clinic:  Annual grant in the amount of $160,000 to implement the Health Mentor Model in Brooklyn Center and Robbinsdale.

Planned Parenthood North Central States: Annual grant in the amount of $160,000 to implement the Health Mentor Model in Richfield and provide culturally specific programming in Minneapolis.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center: Annual grant in the amount of $160,000 to implement the Health Mentor Model in North and Northeast Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Department of Health, School based clinics:  Annual grant in the amount of $240,000 to implement the Health Mentor Model in three Minneapolis Public High Schools (Roosevelt, South and Henry High Schools).

Family Tree Clinic: Annual grant in the amount of $65,413 to implement sexual health education and support groups with young people involved in Hennepin County Juvenile Justice systems including the Juvenile Detention Center, County Home School and probation.

2015 Grantees

In 2015, Youthprise selected 4 organizations to receive Better Together Hennepin grants.

Annex Teen Clinic:  One-year grant in the amount of $100,000 ($50,000 for Brooklyn Center and $50,000 for Brooklyn Park) to implement a Health Mentor Program and Parent Programming.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (Planned Parenthood):  One-year grant in the amount of $50,000 to reduce teen pregnancy rates among Latino and African youth in Richfield by promoting sexual health and responsible behaviors in youth and fostering parents as resources for sexual health and relationship topics.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center: One-year grant in the amount of $45,649 to continue the Health Mentor program at Harrison Education Center and expand health mentor services and resume youth development/peer education programming at North Community High School.

YWCA of Minneapolis:  One-year grant in the amount of $50,000 to implement Girls, Inc., Contact Plus and Girls RAP.



Please direct questions about your application or about services to: Maurice Nins (Youthprise) at or Lisa Turnham (Better Together Hennepin) at