In partnership with public and private funders, Youthprise provides grants and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. Our grants advance youth access to expanded learning opportunities, economic opportunities, and health & safety.
Youthprise operates competitive grant processes, sponsors events from like-minded organizations, and has established strategic partnerships that advance mutual goals.
In 2014, Youthprise developed four growth strategies to accelerate progress toward our goals and increase resources for the field over the next three years:
- Expand Impact through Leveraging: Intentionally seek high-leverage opportunities with the right projects and the right partners to advance our mission and maximize our impact;
- Advance Racial Equity: Develop policies, practices and strategic investments that ensure the distribution of resources, opportunities, and burdens are not determined or predictable by race;
- Align Systems Regionally: Coordinate collaborative projects across the Twin Cities to advance youth outcome measurement, data collection, and program quality;
- Grow Youth Role: Deepen work based on lessons learned from pilots, boost the # of youth engaged, increase the amount of investment in youth, and expand statewide.
Theory of Change
Youthprise's mission is to Increase equity with and for Minnesota’s indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth, in the following impact areas:
LEARNING & LEADERSHIP
|• Increase opportunities to build academic skills|
|• Increase opportunities to build social-emotional development|
|• Increase connections to caring adults and mentorship opportunities|
|• Increase connections to school or other academic settings|
|• Increase civic engagement|
|• Increase leadership opportunities, including participation in formal leadership structures|
|• Increase access to work experience and work readiness training|
|• Increase access to soft skills training, financial literacy, and other opportunities that promote economic independence|
|• Increase access to entrepreneurial skills and experience|
|• Increase access to career pathways for youth in in-demand industries|
HEALTH & SAFETY
|• Increase access to nutritious meals|
|• Increase access to health education opportunities|
|• Increase access to physical activities|
|• Decrease negative interactions between youth and police|
|• Increase alternatives to confinement|
|• Increase access to restorative practices as an alternative to formal system processing|
Current Grant Opportunities and RFPs:
- Description: Youthprise and Better Together Hennepin (BTH) are soliciting proposals for implementation of the Health Mentor Model (HMM) in communities and/or with youth with the greatest needs. (See background information for a description of the HMM.) Youthprise and BTH will prioritize applications that demonstrate an ability reach young people adversely impacted by health disparities or resource inequities related to sexual health and wellbeing.
- Deadline: November 12, 2021
- The info session will take place over Zoom from 3-4 pm: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83448103916