Out-of-School Time Programs

K-5 Programs

Pratt Achievers

East Side Neighborhood Services and Pratt Community School partner to provide a variety of fun, enriching, and academic after-school programs to students at Pratt. Pratt Achievers works in tandem with the Minneapolis School District.

Photo of Pratt Achievers hanging a sheet of foil on a chalkboard during an activity.
  • Monday — Thursday from 3:40 — 5:45 pm

  • Programs begin in early October and wrap up in mid-May 

  • Students are fed a hearty snack

  • District busing is provided to take students home

These programs are designed to help all students meet or exceed grade-level benchmarks and develop interpersonal and social skills. Some of those activities include enrichment activities meant to engage their social and emotional skills, math, reading, and sport-centered instruction and support.

The staff team includes a Program Manager (Mr. Ricky), Lead Youth Worker, Licensed Teachers (Ms. Heille, Ms. Parks, Mr. Jachim, Ms. Hoppe, Ms. Pantsari, Ms. Kruse) Program Aides, and volunteers from the University of Minnesota Service Learning.

A full-day summer program is also available to Pratt students. This program runs Monday — Thursday at nearby Luxton Park, starting in mid-June and wrapping up in early August.

Program Address: 66 Malcom Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 

For more information, please contact:
Ricky Morisseau, Youth Program Manager
651-789-8034  rmorisseau@esns.org


Luxton Learners

Luxton Learners is an after-school program serving youth and families in the Prospect Park neighborhood and adjacent Glendale town homes. Luxton Learners is an MPS-approved, community-based out-of-school time program, for both school year and summer time.

Photo of Luxton Learners and an adult holding plants and smiling.
  • Monday — Thursday from 3:30 — 6:00 pm

  • Programming begins in early October, and goes through mid-May

  • The program is free

  • A healthy meal is provided daily

  • Transportation home is not provided; however, staff are available to walk students home who live in the neighborhood

The program supports academics through small group classes, tutoring, and homework help. The staff help youth develop leadership skills and provide service learning opportunities. Luxton Learners supports the emotional and social growth of each youth as well and includes weekly Thrilling Thursday options for added enrichment and experiences for students.

A full-day summer program is also available, running Monday-Thursday from mid-June until early August.

Program Address: 112 Williams Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 

For more information, please contact:
Jean Emmons, Youth Program Manager
612-990-4659 jemmons@esns.org


Mulberry Junction

Mulberry Junction is a community-based after school program, located at East Side Neighborhood Services, that provides after school enrichment for youth who live in the Bottineau, Holland, Sheridan, Beltrami, and Marshall Terrace neighborhoods of Northeast Minneapolis.

Photo of Mulberry Junction youth holding a program for a play they are putting on.
  • Monday — Thursday from 2:30 — 5:30 pm

  • Program begins in September and goes through May

  • Each day includes healthy snacks

Mulberry Junction provides academic support, leadership development, and other activities that stir excitement for learning. Each day includes unstructured play time, focused enrichment activities, and focused one-on-one and group literacy, math, and homework support.

The after school team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, Licensed Teacher, Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator, Family Outreach Worker, Program Assistant, volunteers and mentors from America Reads and Y Innovate programs through the University of Minnesota. 

A full-day summer program called Summer on Second is also available, running Monday — Thursday, starting in mid-June and wrapping up in early August.

Program Address: 1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

For more information, please contact:
Ryan Harris, Youth Program Manager
612-787-4117 rharris@esns.org



Heritage Academy

The Heritage Sky High After School Program serves students who attend Heritage Academy of Science and Technology.

  • Monday — Thursday from 3:05 — 5:30 pm

  • October — May

  • District busing is available to transport students home at the end of the day

The program aims to build upon the strengths of young students. There are currently 70-75 students enrolled in after school programming. 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 help the subjects they are struggling on. 

In addition, Heritage Sky High offers a Credit Recovery program and Homework Help to groups of 10-15 students per class. On academic days, students also have an opportunity for 40 minutes of structured gym or choice activity time facilitated by adult staff.

Other activities include Youth Student Council, Yearbook Club, Chess Club, and more.

The Sky High staff team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, Licensed Teachers, and several partners who lead weekly activities.

A full-day summer program is also available to Heritage students. Summer programming takes place in Southeast Minneapolis (at Venture Academy) and runs Monday — Thursday from mid-June to early August.

Program Address: 1042 18th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

For more information, please contact:
Jamal Hashi, Youth Program Manager
612-394-9328 jhashi@esns.org


Menlo VIBE

Menlo Park Academy is an alternative high school housed within East Side Neighborhood Services that serves approximately 70 students at a time in a safe, supportive learning community. The East Side Youth Department partners with Menlo to provide after school and summer programming to over 50 students per year.

Photo of Menlo VIBE youth working on constructing a canoe.
  • Monday — Thursday from 3:30 — 5:30 pm

  • Menlo VIBE is open to all students at Menlo Park Academy 

Along with having a safe and supportive place to try new things and explore their interests, students can earn elective credit for approved activities. Menlo VIBE 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.

Our weekly schedule includes healthy snacks; Drama Therapy; cooking club; physical activities such as open gym, basketball, yoga, or dance; team building and leadership activities such as youth activism program Youth Out Loud and Women/Trans*/Femme and Guy’s Groups; enrichment programs such as creative arts, gardening, work readiness skill development, paid summer internships, and group reflection. We also take regular field trips and community outings to see local theater, live music, go camping, and more!

Our team includes a Program Manager, Lead Youth Worker, and Creative Arts Therapist.

In the summer time, we also offer a four-week Middle School Program for up to 30 young people ages 11-14.

While we primarily serve students who have aged out of the K-5 Mulberry Junction program, we are happy to include other youth if space allows (especially those who live in Northeast and North Minneapolis).

Program Address: 1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

For more information, please contact:
Emily Kastrul, Youth Program Manager
612-787-4029 ekastrul@esns.org



EMERGE is an after school program offered to students at Venture Academy.

  • Monday — Thursday from 4:10 — 6:10 pm 

  • Starting in early October and running through mid-May.

  • A light snack and dinner are offered to participants

  • Activity buses are available to transport students home to south and north Minneapolis.

Students receive academic support from program staff and school-day teachers, and can also pursue a variety of interests in enrichment areas such as cooking, baking, youth leadership, civic engagement, music recording, theatre, and more.

The program staff is made up of a Youth Program Manager, lead youth worker, family outreach worker, and many teachers and partners.

A full-day summer program is also available to Venture students, running Monday-Thursday, starting in mid-June and ending in early August.

Program Address: 315 27th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

For more information, please contact:
Morgan Jensen, Youth Program Manager
612-394-9329 mjensen@esns.org