YOUTHPRISE

Minneapolis, MN   |  www.youthprise.org

Mission

Youthprise is a Minnesota not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in October 2010 by The McKnight Foundation. Our mission is to increase equity with and for Minnesota's indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth. We envision a Minnesota where outcomes for youth are no longer predictable by race, geography, or socioeconomic status.

Notes from the nonprofit

We sincerely thank you for caring about Minnesota's youth!

Ruling year info

2011

President and CEO

Ms. Wokie Weah

Main address

3001 Broadway St NE Suite #330

Minneapolis, MN 55413 USA

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EIN

27-4126970

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Management & Technical Assistance (T02)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youthprise strives to increase equity with and for Minnesota's indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth. We envision a Minnesota that is no longer predictable by race, geography, or socioeconomic status. The rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Minnesota and the ingenuity of our young people position our state to thrive in an increasingly global society. But racial disparities significantly impact young people's opportunities and our future prosperity. As our population diversifies at an expanding rate, the burden grows to ensure our next generations are positioned to succeed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Learning and Leadership

Since launching, Youthprise has leveraged its financial, political, and relational capital and expertise in youth development to increase funding for Minnesota youth programming and promote innovation in how our communities work with youth. As a philanthropic intermediary, Youthprise is designed to invest more than just money. Youthprise partners with youth and youth service organizations to share knowledge, capture lessons learned, and spread best practices to advance outcomes for young people throughout Minnesota.

Youthprise has granted over $30 million to youth initiatives, provided training and technical support to over 100 youth organizations, and successfully lobbied for over $3.1 million in direct state appropriates to support key initiatives advancing of our mission, and championed youth on boards including our own. In 2017, Youthprise established a youth-adult co-chair model as well as increased the proportion of youth between the ages of 16 and 25 on the board and committee member and leadership to fifty percent.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers encompass dollars invested across all three of our impact areas: Learning & Leadership, Economic Opportunity, and Health & Safety

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers include dollars allocated across all of our three impact areas: Learning & Leadership, Economic Opportunity, and Health & Safety

Number of convenings hosted by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes convenings we host and co-host, design thinking consulting sessions, training sessions, and conferences and workshops where we present.

Number of publications identifying sector best practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes content we publish as well as instances when Youthprise is highlighted in the news and other media.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our long-term goal is to increase equity with and for Minnesota indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth in the following impact areas:

--Increase health equity opportunities
--Increase safety equity opportunities
--Increase economic equity opportunities
--Increase learning equity opportunities
--Increase leadership equity opportunities

Mobilize Resources--Increase financial resources dedicated to increasing equity

Invest Resources--Increase the financial capacity of networks, organizations, and young people working toward equity

Advance Knowledge--Increase knowledge of youth engagement, racial equity, and governance and management practices in organizations addressing racial equity

Advocate for Change--Increase recognition of the importance of youth as contributors and reform systems addressing racial equity

As an intermediary, Youthprise plays an important role as a bridge builder and connector, forging links between funders and donors, organizations, government entities, networks, and the people most affected by our work, Minnesota youth, who experience the greatest disparities.

Youthprise has granted over $30 million to youth initiatives, provided training and technical support to over 100 youth organizations, and successfully lobbied for over $3.1 million in direct state appropriates to support key initiatives advancing of our mission, and championed youth on boards including our own. In 2017, Youthprise established a youth-adult co-chair model as well as increased the proportion of youth between the ages of 16 and 25 on the board and committee member and leadership to fifty percent.

In 2020, we mobilized $11.3 million and invested $8.1 million in Minnesota's youth. We held 33 convenings and appeared in or produced 51 media/publications. We had 6 youth interns/fellows.

LEARNING & LEADERSHIP
--Redirected MN Afterschool Advance dollars to provide laptops to low-income families for distance learning, providing 1,321 laptops to 250+ cities in MN
--Transitioned YouthBank curriculum into a fully virtual 12-week online program to ensure youth people's opportunity for grantmaking could continue safely during the pandemic
--Redirected YPAR funds to focus on health equity initiatives to better respond to the duel pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
--Awarded Civic Spring Project grant, which led to two additional major wins in 2020
(1) Secured a victory at the MN Court of Appeals making MN high school students eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Since then, nearly $30 million in PUA has been paid out to over 4,600 youth people
(2) Youthprise created a New Generation of Equity Policy Agenda with and for MN youth and a number of allied organizations also working on behalf of MN youth.

HEALTH & SAFETY
--In January 2020, the Nutrition Program served its 1 millionth meal. With a greater need due to the pandemic and an increase in funding, the Nutrition Program served its 2nd millionth meal in October 2020. That's 6 years to reach 1 million meals, and just 10 months to reach 2 million

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth in Minnesota

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently increased our accounting capacity in response to increased funding available and requests to speed up the process.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    When we ask our stakeholders for feedback, it automatically changes the dynamics slightly. They feel more invested and have a way to hold us accountable.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YOUTHPRISE

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Thompson Aderinkomi

Retrace Health

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms. Renelle Mensah

Student, Cornell University

Term: 2015 - 2022

Joseph Stackhouse

Land O'Lakes

Antonio Cardona

Pillsbury United Communities

Kelly Chatman

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Maher Abduselam

Ey

Peter Gabler

UBS Financial Services

Kelly Elkin

Anchor Bank

Chad Lassen

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Phuc Nguyen

Macalester College

Luis Salado-Herrera

BrookLynk

Senuri Rauf

University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Zalanga

St. Paul College

Brian Smith

City of Minneapolis

Rena Hall

Community Volunteer

Dan Haugen

Consultant

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.