The Youth Empowerment Hub of ESNS

The ESNS Youth Department is proud to partner with the United Way, Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minnesota Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to provide high quality out-of-school time programming at seven centers. In the 2013-2014 program year we served 405 young people through these programs. Each youth receives academic support, arts enrichment, leadership development and much more. See individual program pages for more information on how to enroll. If you would like more information about our programs, please contact Caryn Olsen at (612) 787-4034 or

ESNS’ Youth Department Profile – The Youth Department of ESNS offers programs to Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis youth at numerous sites in area schools, park buildings, and community centers, bringing asset building skill development opportunities to community youth. The mission of East Side’s Youth Department is creating places that empower and educate all youth to thrive

Programming is directed by trained staff and community volunteers in a small group format designed to build character and leadership (assets) in youth, and to empower youth as valuable and active community members. Programs offer consistent and on-going relationships with a diverse group of positive adult role models, teaches interpersonal and communication skills, and provides educational support and truancy prevention through multi-generational and multi-cultural activities.  Based on research results, the Youth Department targets developmental assets known to be crucial for the success and resiliency of youth, families, and communities. 

Out of School Time Program Goals of East Side’s Youth Programs:

1.  To provide a safe, welcoming environment for youth during Out-of-School Time that supports academic achievement, creativity and social and emotional development.

2.  To ensure educational equity for all youth by providing quality, small group work that focuses on the youth’s individual learning needs, youth choice, youth voice and differentiated teaching instruction.

3.  To engage youth in intentional activities that help develop leadership skills, respect and understanding for others and to form a stronger sense of community by working together.

4.  To provide an environment where youth will learn appropriate communication skills, develop an increased ability to problem solve, and experience high expectations.

Who we target:

  • Neighborhood youth located in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis.
  • Youth living at 100-200% of the poverty guidelines.
  • Youth who need additional academic support.
  • Youth who need additional social and emotional support.
  •       K-12th Grade for Out of School Time (OST) programming.      
  •       Teen Employment and work-readiness focuses on 14-21.        



Helping individuals, strengthening families, building community
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East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Service Provider
1700 Second Street NE • Minneapolis, MN 55413 • 612-781-6011

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