Education Readiness

The Minneapolis Urban League works to support students and the parents who support them on their education journey. We offer classes and training opportunities to help elementary through high school students become ready, prepared and excited for their future. And we know some parents might need tools and resources to support their students, so we provide a program for parents as well.

 

Project Ready BLACK GEMS

Are you a high school student interested in building skills for success in high school, college and beyond? If so, Project Ready BLACK GEMS is for you. This program helps prepare 9-12 grade students for the college experience. We integrate academic skill building with life-skill development and college culture awareness. Students also are paired with a mentor in their senior year who will help them through their freshman year of college.

 

Black Gems offers students:

  • Basic academic support in math, reading, and writing
  • Financial literacy and computer training in Microsoft Suite
  • Social and emotional learning covering topics such as peer pressure, developing a support system and coping through transitions
  • Help with the college application and admission process and scholarships searches

 

When: Two times per week from January to April. This includes a free in-state college tour and a fee-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) tour.

 

Where: Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411

 

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For additional questions, contact Marquita Stephens, Education Programs and Policy Director at 612-302-3114 or mstephens@mul.org.

 

 Check out the Project GEMS Facebook page too!

 

Parent Academy

Are you interested in learning how you can better support your school-age children? Parent Academy is for parents to learn how to guide their middle school children toward post-secondary success. In this program, you’ll experience a village working together as we help families prepare their children to become life-long learners. You’ll learn:

  • Effective techniques to enhance behavior and study discipline
  • How to help build self-esteem and advocate for your student
  • What are academic standards works, and how to get involved
  • Information about college tours, admission requirements and more
  • How to support one another in caring for children

 

When: New session starts each fall. Class is held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – noon; specific dates to be determined

 

Where: Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411

 

This program is generously funded with support from General Mills Foundation.

 

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For additional questions, contact Marquita Stephens, Education Programs and Policy Director at 612-302-3114 or mstephens@mul.org

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