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What is Beacons?

Minneapolis Beacons engages youth as leaders and learners by transforming schools into active youth centers afterschool and in the summer, providing FREE high quality educational, recreational, and leadership development activities opportunities to nearly 4,000 kindergarten–12th grade youth and their families at our 12 Beacons Centers located throughout Minneapolis.

We concentrate on building positive relationships, meeting young people where they are, building on strengths, and having fun while learning and growing together. We engage students as leaders and learners through a variety of opportunities for skill building, positive decision making, connecting to positive peers and adults and creating leadership opportunities.

Our goal is to help young people develop skills needed to become successful adults and to graduate from high school all the while creating a powerful sense of belonging and identity in their community and school.

Learn more about Minneapolis Beacons here!

What clubs are we running this year in Beacons?

Cooking, Beats N’ Rhymes, Basketball, Video Game Club, Somali Culture Club, Chess, Coding, T-shirt Design, Coding, Robotics, Ultimate Frisbee, Black Student Union (BSU), Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Dance Team, Latinx Unidos, and Cheer Team! Don’t see a club you want? Let us know and maybe we can start one with you!

When and where is Beacons in 2022-2023?

Edison Beacons runs Monday - Thursday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm after school. Students get a free snack after-school in the cafeteria, and then go to their clubs. To register for Beacons, come and get a Beacons Registration Form from room 100A, or print one here and turn it in to a Beacons staff in 100A.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Program Director Troy Wildenberg ( or call the Beacons phone: 612-806-2824

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