K-5 Out-of-School Time Programs

 Mulberry Junction After School Program

Mulberry Junction is a community-based after school program located in the ESNS main building that provides programming for youth who live in the Bottineau, Holland, Sheridan, Beltrami and Marshall Terrace neighborhoods of NE Minneapolis.

From September to June, Mulberry Junction provides after-school enrichment Monday through Thursday including daily academic support, leadership development and activities that stir excitement for learning. Mulberry Junction also offers school release day programs.

Monday- Wednesday, our day includes a healthy snack, unstructured play time, focused enrichment activities: cooking, sports/games, art, music, outdoor education, etc., as well as, focused 1:1 and group literacy, math, and homework support.  On Thursdays, we will venture into the community to explore local libraries, parks, museums, etc.

Our Week
  • Unstructured play
  • Enrichment activities: Art, sports, cooking, music and more!
  • Healthy Snacks
  • 1:1 tutoring
  • Academic lessons
  • Small and Large Group Team Building
  • Youth Leadership Opportunities

*Consistent Attendance is critical to the success and growth of your child. Priority will be given to youth who can attend regularly, Monday through Thursday.

Our team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, a Licensed Teacher, Literacy Specialist, college intern, and America Reads tutors from the University of Minnesota.

With a group of 25-30 youth we have many chances to share and create new program ideas together.  At the heart of Mulberry Junction, we are constantly striving to cultivate a spirit of freedom, curiosity and growth.  

For more information, please contact:

James Taborda-Whitt, Program Manager

(612) 787-4117


Summer on Second

Named after our 1700 Second Street
Northeast location, Summer on
Second is a day program for youth
in Northeast Minneapolis built upon a foundation of academic enrichment activities, field trips and special events.

Through this seven week program, we integrate a school component. Each week has a structure around a specific theme and academic focus. Examples include: Team Work, Exercise and Nutrition, Science, Animals, Music, Theater, and Water Fun. Social skills are also integrated into the themed weeks, such as problem-solving, friendship, leadership, self-monitoring, responsibility, stereotyping and prejudice, and critical thinking.

What’s around the corner? We are designing our very own outdoor classroom with special funding from the HYPE (Helping Youth Promote Empowerment) Council.

Academic Roots
Summer on Second successfully integrates academic learning into hands-on lessons that keep youth interested and engaged. These activities maintain academic accomplishments from the school year and expands areas of needed improvement.

To achieve academic growth in literacy and math, we provide individualized assessment and instruction. The Licensed Teacher and Literacy Specialist manage and document youth's individual measures of growth and identified areas of needed improvement. Staff intentionally plan lessons that corresponded with the weekly theme.

A Typical Day...

  • Every Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning in mid-June.
  • Breakfast, lunch and a snack is provided each day.
  • Field trips every Thursday, along with a smaller field trip or supervised swimming on Tuesdays.
How to enroll
Spots fill up for this high quality program!
Criteria for program enrollment:
  • Lives in the NE Minneapolis area
  • In grades 1-5
  • Family income level between
    $0 - $50,000/year
Get on the registration list
by contacting:

James Taborda-Whitt, Program Manager

(612) 787-4117


Luxton Learners After School and Summer Program
Luxton Learners’ After School and Summer Programs are community-based programs located at Luxton Park in the Glendale community of SE Minneapolis. These programs are designed to build on all of your youth’s academic and social gains during the school year. Staff intentionally creates a fun, engaging learning environment sure to spark critical thinking, exposure to new ideas and an opportunity to build lasting relationships.

During the school year Luxton Learners operates Monday – Thursday from 3-6pm. 

Daily activities include:

  • Academic Support
  • Enrichment programs (such as cooking, creative arts, and environmental education)
  • 1:1 Tutoring with an American Reads tutor
  • Healthy snacks and meals
  • Field trips and community outings
  • School Release Day Events
  • Parent/Family Events

Our team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, a Licensed Teacher, Literacy Specialist, college intern, America Reads tutors from the University of Minnesota and volunteers.

In the summer program Luxton Learners operates Monday – Thursday from 9-12:30pm for seven weeks. During the eighth week of program youth have the opportunity to spend a week doing leadership programming at ESNS’ Camp Bovey. Youth who enroll in Luxton Learners will also be eligible and encouraged to enroll in the afternoon program, Summer Splash. Summer Splash is offered at Pratt Community School by the Community Education Program. Summer Splash staff and the Luxton Learner’s staff work together to ensure a seamless transition from the morning program to the afternoon program.

Each day includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Physical exercise
  • Group and individual reading
  • Academic lessons in reading, writing and math
  • Hands-on environmental education
  • Choice Activities: such as creative arts, gardening or theater
  • Team building
  • Group reflection

How to enroll:

All youth register and complete all necessary paperwork to enroll. Parents set up a meeting with the Program Manager to review all program details, expectations and goals. 

Criteria for program participation:

  • Youth in grades K-5 must be able to commit to regular attendance
  • Priority is given for youth living in the surrounding neighborhood area.
  • Priority for the summer program is given to youth who attend the school year program.
  • Priority is given to youth living in a low-income household.
  • Priority is given to youth achieving below academic grade level in math and reading.
To enroll, please contact:
Jean Emmons
Glendale Youth Work Coordinator
112 Williams Ave. SE 55414
(612) 331-8678
Grades K-5

Pratt Achievers

East Side Neighborhood Services and Pratt Community 
School partner to provide a variety of fun, enriching 
and academic after school programs. After school programs 
are designed to help all students meet or exceed grade level 
benchmarks and further develop interpersonal and social skills.

Our Schedule
4:10-4:20pm – 100 Mile Club
4:20-4:30 – Healthy Snack
4:30-5:30 – Academic Groups
5:30-5:40 - Dismissal

Our Programs Ms. Kruse’s and Ms. Carlson’s After School Achievers
First graders and kindergartners meet on Mondays and Tuesdays to practice foundational math and reading skills. Learning happens in small groups through songs, games and activities. 

2nd Grade Reading Club
Second graders meet with Ms. Craft on Mondays to work on fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills. Students are following the Text Talk curriculum. Learning happens in a small group of 10 youth. 

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Reading Clubs
Third graders will meet with Mr. Sinko to work on fluency, comprehension and writing skills. Students are being introduced to brand new literature that will be published in 2014 or 2015. Youth choose books to read based on personal interests and are writing book reviews in an on-line blog format.

Ten dedicated college students provide group mentoring. This gives Pratt youth the opportunity to meet many positive role models and build team skills. Mentors and students engage in activities around literacy and healthy living.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
ESNS partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide Pratt youth with one-on-one
mentoring opportunity. Youth are “matched” with a with a volunteer “Big Brother” or “Big Sister”. Matches meet after school on Thursdays or during the lunch and recess hour. Matches spend program time in focused 1- on-1 activities such as reading, educational games, physical activities and/or art.

The GEMS and GISE programs are award-winning science programs that energize students' excitement about the possibilities in cutting-edge science. The goal of these programs is for students to have measurable and significant gains in mathematics and science. This fall students will be engaged in learning the engineering design cycle through robotics and First Lego League.

Our Pratt Achievers staff strives to have a low student to staff ratio. Class enrollment is 12 students per licensed teacher. In addition we utilize a number of qualified, well-trained and talented staff and volunteers including:

  • Program Manager: Stephan Schriver
  • Lead Youth Worker
  • Six Licensed Teachers
  • Three Program Aides
  • Volunteers from the University of Minnesota Service Learning
School Day Support

The East Side Neighborhood Services’ Program manager provides support to staff and students of Pratt Community School. The coordinator assists with daily routines while checking-in with youth. In addition, the coordinator communicates with teachers and the Pratt Social Worker about students’ academic and social needs and growth.

The Youth Program Manager also assists Pratt in planning and implementing a number of parent involvement events including Curriculum Night, Culture Night, Parent Teacher Conferences, Pratt Open House, the Talent Show, and CPEO (Parent Education Classes). ESNS staff fosters connections with families by attending PTO meetings.

For more information, please contact:
Stephan Schriver 
Pratt Youth Programs Manager
66 Malcolm Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 668-1120


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