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Beacons Minneapolis Mission Statement

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 in neighborhoods in North, Northeast, and South Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Beacons Network is a collaborative initiative between schools, community, and families with the mission to improve academic, social, and lifework development of youth in low-income communities.
Learn more about Minneapolis Beacons here!
Edison Beacons?
Edison Beacons is a FREE YMCA afterschool program located WITHIN Edison High School! Our office is located in room 100A.  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.
When and where is Beacons? 
Beacons programming starts September 19th and runs Monday-Thursday from 3:00-5:00 with hot meals for ALL being served in the cafeteria from 3:00-3:30.  All groups meet in the cafeteria and then disperse through building for various clubs.  Youth can sign up throughout the year based on availability of groups. 
Edison Beacons Facts and Stats
  • 450+ Edison Students were enrolled in Beacons last year
  • 95% of Beacons youth say they try harder in school
  • Beacons youth attend school 10 days more than their peers
  • Past Beacons Clubs include: Beauty Shop, Barber Shop, GSA, Hip Hop Dance, Cooking, Beats N’ Rhymes, Photography, Chess, Graffiti Arts, Hoops & Homework, Videography, Games, Leadership, Arts & Crafts, East African Girls, and SO MUCH MORE!
  • Beacons logged 200+ tutoring hours in the 2016-2017 school year
Registration forms can be found and returned to room 100A!