People & Places

Penumbra Theatre: Making an artistic statement with style

By teaching kids to speak out, and moving those who listen, Summer Institute at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul shapes teens to be fearless and strong. In essence, they are creating the next generation of performance activists.

TreeHouse Youth: Providing a safe place to go for teenagers

TreeHouse, a faith-based nonprofit program that encourages teens to confide in adults and other teenagers, began with a simple observation. Teenagers suffer from too much low self-esteem.

Genesys Works: Discovering the crucial first steps on a career path

Technology is at the center of Genesys Works, a program that serves Twin Cities high school students—primarily from minority backgrounds and families with a history of financial troubles—who need an extra push to succeed in the job market.

Cookie Cart: Program puts the cart before the career

Unless you’ve attempted to crack three eggs without dropping a piece of eggshell, you may not see baking as inherently strategic. But it requires precise steps to reach a goal.

Keystone Youth Services: A first job that's more than taking orders

Want to run your own business someday? Youth Express makes it possible by operating on two social enterprises: Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing.

Breakthrough Twin Cities: For those who commit, a leg up toward college

Decorated lockers and floors, sparkling with glitter, greet visitors to Breakthrough Twin Cities. Newcomers instantly feel welcome.

Brotherhood Inc: Between troubled pasts and brighter future, a little coffee

Located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Brotherhood Inc. gives African American men a chance to change the direction of their lives. And there’s always something brewing — namely, coffee.

Family Tree Clinic: Talking about sex? They're making it easier

Sex is an awkward subject. True, the dreaded “talk” is something neither a parent nor child wants to deal with. But it’s a whole lot easier to discuss with a friend.

BrandLab: Opening up the marketing industry to fresh views

Wa Yang showed zero interest in anything related to school. The 16-year-old from Harding High School often skipped class, drawing the attention of truancy officers. Then came BrandLab.

Bolder Options: Former Gopher gets kids moving toward better health

Darrell Thompson has few doubts that he’s running one of the best youth mentoring programs in the United States. Now, he wants to make it better.

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