Youth Community Connections Merges with Youthprise
June 23, 2011, Minneapolis – Youthprise is the new home for Youth Community Connections, a statewide alliance focused on youth development.
Youthprise is the new home for Youth Community Connections–Minnesota’s Statewide Afterschool Alliance, a statewide alliance focused on youth learning during the non-school hours. YCC adds incredible programming and knowledge in the out-of-school time field to Youthprise’s efforts.
YCC focuses on policy and systems building efforts to increase access, improve quality and to maximize resources and partnerships on behalf of young people in communities throughout the state. In 2011, YCC published Supporting Youth Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities, a comprehensive policy framework that calls for the creation of learning systems in communities throughout the state.
The merger of YCC with Youthprise was finalized in early June. The organization’s core resources and programs will be continued by Youthprise under the YCC moniker for one year and will then continue as part of Youthprise. In the coming year, YCC’s Mayor’s Youth Summit and Lights On! Campaign will join Youthprise’s ongoing work to bring together the necessary resources and people to identify and scale great out-of-school time programs and strengthen systems and policy.