All kids have great potential. As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, we work every day to help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. Through the Y, millions of children and teens nationwide gain confidence as they recognize us as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions.


Y Beacon Centers

Public schools transformed into active community centers for youth activities

Y Tutors

After school tutoring for grades K-3 by work-study students from the University Y

Y Buddies

One-on-one mentoring for grades 3-8 by student volunteers from the University Y

Y Mentors

Preparation for higher learning for middle school and high school students facilitated by by student volunteers from the University Y

North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center

Programs and facility memberships for kids and teens in grades K-12

Minneapolis Beacons Network

The Y of the Greater Twin Cities is proud to be the lead and fiscal agency for the Minneapolis Beacons Network, a collaborative of the Minneapolis Public Schools and four of the largest youth serving agencies in the Twin Cities that together engage over 3,000 youth from low-income neighborhoods and schools through free afterschool and summer opportunities for academic enrichment and leadership development. This initiative is funded, in part, with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 84.287c, 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

The Y of the Greater Twin Cities wishes to notify the community that we intend to submit an application to the Minnesota Department of Education for the competitive Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Opportunity, Cohort 5. The application will be available for review after submission at www.beaconsminneapolis.org.