Community Partners

We are proud to partner with a wide variety of Minneapolis educational institutions and non-profit organizations as we work to eliminate many of the underlying causes of the achievement gap. From a lengthy list of terrific partners, we would like to recognize and thank the following organizations for their collaboration:


Andersen United Community School

Prepares students to be high school, college, and career ready, academically, socially and emotionally. Our Backpack Buddies program provides over 350 students in 1st-5th grades with a take-home backpack filled with nutritious food for use over the weekend.


Cityview Community School

Cityview provides prekindergaten through 5th grade students with a student-centered learning experience that is academically and socially enriching, globally minded, culturally conscious and forward-thinking. By partnering with our Backpack Buddies program, Cityview students in 3rd-5th grades don’t need to wonder if they will be able to eat over the weekend.

Loring Elementary

Loring’s mission is to ensure that all students learn by providing a rigorous academic program so that every child is college and career ready. High standards and expectations allow children to foster growth academically, socially and personally. Our HOMES (Hands-on Math, Engineering and Science) program partnership engages and equips parents with ways to continue math, engineering and science activities through hands-on projects in their homes.

Minneapolis Public Schools

From the morning bus ride until the last activity of the night, more than 35,000 students grow and learn with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) every day. They offer students and families a wide range of tools to make their education successful, such as before and after school childcare, rigorous academic programs and healthy meals. Our HOMES (Hands-on Math, Engineering and Science) program partners with MPS in two large-scale events with GEMS/GISE (Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Guys in Science and Engineering)/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and are held at various Minneapolis Public Schools.

Partnership Academy

Partnership Academy’s mission is to create learning experiences and partnerships that empower students to achieve their greatest potential in order to be positive contributors in their communities. Our HOMES (Hands-on Math, Engineering and Science) program assists with monthly family nights/conferences held at Partnership Academy that deliver STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities to engage parents and students.


Prodeo Academy

Prodeo Academy implements best practices from across the country to close the achievement gap, offering rigorous academics and individualized instruction in a joyful learning environment. Through this structure and culture, students will experience a college preparatory education and gain the tools to realize their full potential in life. Our Backpack Buddies program partners with Prodeo Academy by making sure students and their families have enough food over the weekends.

Second Harvest Heartland

There is more than enough food available to feed everyone. Second Harvest Heartland is constantly looking for new ways to collect, store and distribute millions of pounds of food each year. Its services and programs deliver food safely and efficiently to the people who need it most. Second Harvest Heartland is the primary source of food acquisition for our Backpack Buddies program.

Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility

To strengthen the bond between child and parent/caretaker during a lengthy separation, our Between the Lines program enables female parents/caretakers incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, MN to record the reading of a book for their child. When a child hears the book being read in the voice of their caregiver, increased learning and improvement of literacy can take place.


STEM Pathways

STEM Pathways is a collaboration between five Minnesota informal STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education organizations—The Bakken Museum, Bell Museum of Natural History, Minnesota Zoo, STARBASE Minnesota, and The Works Museum—working with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and advised by the Minnesota Department of Education. STEM Pathways aims to provide a deliberate and connected series of meaningful in-school and out-of-school STEM learning experiences to strengthen outcomes for students, build the foundation for a local ecosystem of STEM education stakeholders, and create an innovative model that demonstrates how informal STEM education organizations can work together. Our HOMES (Hands-on Math, Engineering and Science) program partners with STEM Pathways on the content and activities at our events.