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YMCA Beacons at Roosevelt High School
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About Beacons

Beacon centers transform schools into active youth centers afterschool and in the summer, providing free high quality youth development opportunities with an emphasis on:
  • School increasing academic skills, school connectedness, and motivation to learn.
  • Youth engaging youth through service-learning, character development, and decision-making opportunities.
  • Family involving families in decision making and connecting them to the school and community.
  • Community-School creating linkages between the school and community-based organizations, businesses, and colleges that can increase opportunities and connections for youth in their communities.
Each year, Beacons serves over 2500 young people and their families at our 8 Beacons Centers located in neighborhoods in North, Northeast, and South Minneapolis. 

Beacons began operating in Minneapolis in 1998 as an adaptation from the successful New York City Beacons Initiative, where over 80 Beacon centers throughout the city still serve youth and neighborhoods today. Today six cities are a part of the national Beacons Network and have ongoing Beacons Initiatives.

Beacons demographics
Who are the young people participating in Beacons?
Beacons focuses on serving young people that would not otherwise have access to high quality afterschool opportunities: 
  • 90% are youth of color
  • 91% recieve free or reduced lunch, indicating they are from low-income families
  • 15% receive Special Education services
Languages spoken by Beacons youth include English, Spanish, Somali, Oromo, Hmong, and American Sign Language.

What are the Goals of Beacons?
Research shows that afterschool programs can lead to positive long term outcomes for youth, including our core goals for young people:
  • Increased academic achievement
  • Increased sense of school connectedness
  • Increased capacity for productive adulthood
  • Increased youth leadership and community engagement
Our vision for the future:
  • Every young person in Minneapolis graduates high school ready for college, work, and life.
What are the strategies for meeting those goals?
Our Youth Development framework emphasizes building positive relationships, building on strengths, and having fun while learning and growing together. We engage young people as leaders and learners through a variety of opportunities for skill building, positive decision-making, and connection to positive peers and adults.

Programs Offered Include:
  • Service Learning
  • Youth Employment
  • Leadership Training
  • Character and social skills development
  • Arts and Cultural Enrichment
  • Sports and recreation
  • Extracurricular skill building
  • Group work/team building
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring

For more information on YMCA Beacons at Roosevelt, contact Devin Warren at 

The main office number is 612-724-4011.