Between the Lines has been a community project for the Junior League of Minneapolis since 2008. This program aims to strengthen the bonds between children and their caregivers when they face lengthy separation because of incarceration or military deployments.
As the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), AchieveMpls mobilizes our community’s resources to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the tools and support they need to be career and college ready.
By age 4, Kindergarten children of affluence have heard over 45 million words, while children born into poverty have heard only 13 million. This is a 32 million word deficit, a 32 million word socioeconomic gap that limits children and learning behaviors before Kindergarten even starts due to circumstances out of their control. This gap, however, is not permanent, and these deficits can be made up.
Picture a laser beam. Then think of how aiming that laser at your eye, in the hands of an expert, can change your life from coke-bottle glasses to clear vision. One small intervention can change everything — for life. That’s how Wallin Education Partners functions: one small intervention – a college scholarship of about $4,000… Read More
Free Arts Minnesota’s mission is to bring caring adults alongside youth in challenging circumstances. Free Arts believes in team-style mentoring, and requires a regular commitment from their volunteers. This commitment is necessary because these children have been disappointed by the adults in their life, or the only adults they interact with are authority figures like… Read More
An “equitable food project”. Do you think of Backpack Buddies that way? Probably not, but that’s how Prodeo teacher Jennifer Christensen presented it. She started the Salon by asking members to think about where we would go to buy fresh produce, meat, gluten-free items. How would we get there? How would we carry the items… Read More
This past fall, I led a double shift of JLMer’s for the Girls on the Run fall 5k event. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day. We volunteered at the registration table, were part of a cheer squad out on the race course, and helped with some very demanding post-race clean up. Girls on the… Read More
The team was set, the countdown had started. T-3 minutes, the doors would open, and approximately 250 people would be expecting us to be on our A game. My palms were sweaty, my heart rate was a bit elevated. Oh – and my hair net was NOT cute. I suddenly felt awkward in a way… Read More
LeagueAires – Sharing the Joy of Music Serving the community and sponsored by the JLM for 50 years… and counting
January 2017 – Whitney Dold, Nominating Chair