The Youth Empowerment Hub of ESNS

Youth Program to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

This announcement is to communicate to the public that ESNS is going to be submitting a competitive federal funding request from the 21st Century Community Learning Center through the Department of Education. Our goal is to enhance our efforts in serving middle and high school youth during the Out-of-School Time to ensure educational equity, leadership development and community engagement.

If you would like to review the submitted application for this funding, please contact Jazmin Danielson at (612) 787-4034 or

ESNS’ Youth Department Profile – The Youth Department of ESNS offers programs to Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis youth at numerous sites in area schools, park buildings, and community centers, bringing asset building skill development opportunities to community youth. The mission of East Side’s Youth Department is creating places that empower and educate all youth to thrive

Programming is directed by trained staff and community volunteers in a small group format designed to build character and leadership (assets) in youth, and to empower youth as valuable and active community members. Programs offer consistent and on-going relationships with a diverse group of positive adult role models, teaches interpersonal and communication skills, and provides educational support and truancy prevention through multi-generational and multi-cultural activities.  Based on research results, the Youth Department targets developmental assets known to be crucial for the success and resiliency of youth, families, and communities. 

Out of School Time Program Goals of East Side’s Youth Programs:

1.  To provide a safe, welcoming environment for youth during Out-of-School Time that supports academic achievement, creativity and social and emotional development.

2.  To ensure educational equity for all youth by providing quality, small group work that focuses on the youth’s individual learning needs, youth choice, youth voice and differentiated teaching instruction.

3.  To engage youth in intentional activities that help develop leadership skills, respect and understanding for others and to form a stronger sense of community by working together.

4.  To provide an environment where youth will learn appropriate communication skills, develop an increased ability to problem solve, and experience high expectations.

Who we target:

  • Neighborhood youth located in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis.
  • Youth living at 100-200% of the poverty guidelines.
  • Youth who need additional academic support.
  • Youth who need additional social and emotional support.
  • K-8th Grade.      Teen Employment and work-readiness focuses on 14-21          



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East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Service Provider
1700 Second Street NE • Minneapolis, MN 55413 • 612-781-6011

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