Urban Leaning Center (ULC) is a year-round academic program open to low-income youth in K-12 grades regardless of race, gender or religious affiliation. More than 200 students attend from 21 Minneapolis School.
The ULC provides a safe, nurturing, supportive, learning, environment for all students with programming designed to improve student’s academic achievement, ensure success in day school class work, and which meet the Minnesota Standards. ULC supports and follows the MPS district’s core curriculum, academic standards and state mandated standards by providing grade level, individual developmental tasking, appropriate learning activities and enrichment in language arts, mathematics, computer literacy and character education. All ULC students receive individual learning plans based on pre assessment scores, with input from parents, day school teachers, and students. Our staff members and our hours of operation are flexible enough to meet a wide range of student needs and schedules.
Summer Spot is where HHYD provides a safe, positive and fun learning environment for Minneapolis youth 5-16 through a summertime extension of the successful Urban Learning Center program. The program provides a faith-centered, nurturing place for neighborhood youth while enriching and improving academic their potential, social interaction skills, and developing their spiritual understanding.
During a typical day, kids focus on academics, Vacation Bible School lessons, and an afternoon filled with fun activities such as crafts, games, and athletics. Children are given two snacks during the day as well as breakfast and lunch.
HHYD’s athletic programming runs year round, channeling inner city youth toward invigorating free time activities while increasing their health and fitness awareness. All HHYD athletic programs are focused on character building and teaching successful life skills in the key areas of self-discipline, personal interaction, teamwork, and responding to winning and losing.
Our athletic coaches and volunteers include college athletes who stress the importance of staying in school and becoming contributing members of society. Turning around troubled lives and helping to reduce youth violence are among HHYD’s most daunting tasks and HHYD coaches, mentors and volunteers are role models who live their motto everyday: “Life is less about what is done to us than what we do with it.”
HHYD applies a multi-faceted approach to bringing North Minneapolis residents together to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities that create a better community environment their families. From our iconic Christmas with Dignity event which provides families a chance to purchase children’s gifts at nominal cost, to Boy and Girl Scouts, a Saturday Open House event for all age levels, and other valuable programs, our reach is toward a stronger future for our northside communities.