The mission of Youthprise is to champion learning beyond the classroom so that all Minnesota youth thrive.
Youthprise was founded by the McKnight Foundation in 2010 to increase the quality, accessibility, sustainability and innovation of opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. We strategically combine funding, capacity building, policy advocacy, research, and modeling youth engagement under one roof. This unique combination creates efficiencies, accelerates implementation, and maximizes impact. Youthprise invests directly in and seeks to align efforts across city, regional, and state systems that impact youth. Youthprise has the flexibility to leverage additional resources and to innovate by testing and investing in new approaches. We elevate youth voice in decision making about programs, policies, research, systems and philanthropy.
As an intermediary, we act as an incubator, connector and relationship broker, forging connections between community-based organizations, schools, funders, public agencies, youth and adults. We convene stakeholders; provide training, coaching and technical assistance; and link organizations doing similar work. A central tenet of our work is a commitment to racial equity and working to address the disparities faced by youth of color and other disconnected youth.
To achieve our mission, we partner with innovative organizations and creative thinkers who are making lasting, positive changes in the lives of young people. We believe in the power of catalytic philanthropy, so we look for high-leverage opportunities to maximize our impact by convening the right players and supporting the right projects. We take calculated risks and innovate by testing and investing in new approaches. We elevate youth voice in decision-making about programs, policies, research, systems and philanthropy and are driven by a focus on racial equity and addressing the disparities faced by youth of color and other disconnected youth.
Our Strategic Goals
To pursue our mission, Youthprise focuses on three strategic goals.
Build credibility of Youthprise as a knowledgeable intermediary to accelerate leadership and innovation in the field.
Develop coordinated sustainable systems that provide access to high quality expanded learning for underserved and under-engaged youth.
Authentically engage youth in the design and implementation of quality expanded learning programs, policy, systems, philanthropy, and research and evaluation.