Youth Development Center Offers Safe Space for Little Earth Children

May 13, 2018 11:15 PM

According to the Little Earth Resident Association, there are more than 500 kids live in the primarily Native American housing community in Minneapolis.

The Little Earth Youth Development Center has tasked itself with helping guide the children living in the community when no one else can.


"This is a safe place, number one for our young people to come to," The Little Earth Youth Development Center Director Millie Hernandez said. "And not only is it a safe place for our young people to come to, but it's also a place with adults here that are consistent in the young people's lives."

She said the recent shooting that occurred in Little Earth has affected the kids in the community.

RELATED: Juvenile, 2 Adults Arrested in Little Earth Shooting 

Since the center operates on a small budget, it doesn't allow them to take kids on field trips. To remedy that, Hernandez came up with the idea of a fundraiser. She says the money will help kids get out of the neighborhood and expand their minds. 

Hernandez also hopes the money will help expand their program budget, allowing them to purchase needed supplies that would help on a daily basis. 

Hernandez said there is no guarantee the kids will stay on the straight and narrow, but she feels the center has to try to help them.

"It's definitely a place they can always come to and rely on our staff," she said. 



Todd Wilson

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