Minneapolis Public Schools Partners With Summer Ventures Program

August 09, 2018 05:44 PM

Students will be back in school soon.

But, in the meantime, a South Minneapolis organization is trying to make sure youth don't fall behind during the summertime.


This summer, 115 young people are participating in Urban Ventures' Summer Ventures program.

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That's up from 80 students last year. Staff said they are working with youth who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience a summer enrichment program - setting them up for success during the school year.

"At the end of the summer, when the kids leave, they start to cry," said Nichole Flowers, the director of youth programs for Urban Ventures.

"And you can tell that all of the moments that they were here just leads up to this moment."

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For the first time this summer, Urban Ventures said Minneapolis Public Schools is recognizing it as a community-based organization, which means licensed teachers can get reimbursed through the district.

The goal next summer is to have more teachers and more students.

"They can really receive more affirmation and love with their peers, and create more bonds, and become part of a family here," said Kevin Escandon, an Urban Ventures Act 6 scholar and intern.

The Summer Ventures program provides academic and social support for students.

"They help me not get scared," said 11-year-old Jason Hoang, a program participant who will begin sixth grade this fall.

"It gets you smarter, and you can know your numbers and facts."

Right now, the program is first come, first served with a priority on students who live in the Central-Phillips community.


Brandi Powell

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