EMERGE at Venture Academy

EMERGE is a new after school program for grades 6-8 at Venture Academy in Minneapolis. Venture Academy’s mission is “to ignite the passion of all young people to become entrepreneurial learners and leaders who will change the world.” Incorporating this mission, EMERGE uses interactive enrichment activities to support academic achievement, creativity, and social and emotional development. 

EMERGE promotes Venture’s “urgency of learning,” providing programming that allows students to excel as individuals and as a team. Youth from each grade participate in activities that develop leadership skills, respect, problem solving, and a stronger sense of community. A diverse team of program staff works together to identify and nurture the interests and goals of the youth participants, activating  determined and passionate leaders. 

Our day includes a community meeting, healthy snacks, team building and leadership activities, enrichment programs such as creative arts, gardening, or theater, literacy activities, field trips and community outings, drama therapy group, and group reflection.

Our team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, college intern, and college volunteers through the University of Minnesota’s Service Learning Program. EMERGE also works with East Side’s Creative Arts Therapist to provide weekly activities.

For more information contact:
Megan Hartman, Program Manager
(612) 800-1690  //  mhartman@esns.org


East Side Program at Edison High School

East Side Neighborhood Services provides a variety of after school programs at Edison High School for groups including its ESL students and the Gay-Straight Alliance. In addition to enrichment programming such as cooking, art, and technology, these programs respond to the unique needs of each student group through community building and student discussions. East Side's Edison programming seeks to carve out a safe space for these student groups to connect more deeply with their school environment. Programming runs Monday - Thursday, September - May and operates in collaboration with school staff and YMCA Beacons. Youth who participate in the school-year program are eligible to apply for the youth summer jobs program through East Side.

Our day includes healthy snacks, team building and leadership activities, East African Girl’s Group, GSA discussion and advocacy group, enrichment programs such as creative arts, gardening, or theater, field trips and community outings, work readiness skill development, and group reflection.

Our team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, and volunteers.

For more information contact:
Raeesa Rizwy, Program Manager
(612) 788-4881  //  rrizwy@esns.org

VIBE at Heritage Academy

Heritage VIBE serves students in grades 6-12 who attend Heritage Academy of Science and Technology. East Side partners with Heritage to provide four days of high quality after school programming Monday - Thursday, October - May as well as five weeks during summer school programming. Each day youth build healthy relationships with peers and adults and engage in various activities to increase their 21st century skills.

VIBE has space for up to 48 middle and high school students to participate in targeted Extended Learning Day opportunities two days per week. Students who are performing below grade level in math and/or reading work with Licensed Teachers in groups of 12 or less to receive additional instruction in core subjects. In addition, VIBE offers a Credit Recovery program and Homework Help to additional 15-20 students. Homework Help is supported by four tutors daily with focused skills in the areas of math, science or literacy. On academic days, students also have an opportunity for 30 minutes of structured gym or choice activity time facilitated by adult staff.

Our activities include Youth Advisory Team, Book Club, Boys Group/Basketball Team, Girls Group, Drama Therapy and Writing Group, Running Club, Smart Money Management, Work Readiness Workshops, and many more.

Our team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, four licensed teachers, a college intern, four tutors, and volunteers.

For more information contact:
Chelanga Langason, Program Manager
(612) 978-5130  //  clangason@esns.org

VIBE at Menlo Park Academy

Menlo Park academy is an on-site alternative high school serving 70-80 students per year. The East Side Youth Department partners with Menlo Park to provide after school and summer programming to up to 50 students per year. Programming includes a variety of enrichment programming focused on helping youth connect with caring adults, develop stronger connections to their school and their community, and increase their 21st century skills including critical thinking, professionalism, and communication.

The after school program takes place Monday – Thursday from 3-5pm. The summer program includes afternoon activities after summer school as well as a summer jobs program. Students can earn school credit for approved activities.

Our day includes healthy snacks, physical activities such as basketball, yoga, or dance, team building and leadership activities, GSA discussion and advocacy group, enrichment programs such as creative arts, gardening, or theaterGirl’s Group, field trips and community outings, work readiness skill development, paid summer internships, and group reflection.

Our team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, Art Therapy intern, and volunteers. VIBE is also supported by weekly services from East Side's Creative Arts Therapist and Youth Employment Coordinator.

For more information contact:
Emily Kastrul, Program Manager
(612) 787-4029  //  ekastrul@esns.org


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