ywca Minneapolis

Beacon Learning Centers

YWCA Minneapolis Beacons Program

Supporting School Success Through Afterschool and Summer Programs

YWCA Beacon Learning Centers located at two north Minneapolis schools, offer youth a combination of academic and enrichment activities four days a week. Beacon Learning Center afterschool and summer programs support school success, while providing opportunities for learning and leadership.


Beacon Participants

In 2015 - 2016:

  • 97% of regular program participants improved or maintained acceptable standards of school attendance
  • 86% of youth stated they have a trusted adult they could go to for support
  • 89% of youth expressed a sense of belonging in the program

How to Join

To learn more about YWCA Beacon Learning Centers, contact Girls and Youth Program Director Caitlin Aldridge at 612-522-6559, extension 1.


YWCA Beacon Learning Center at Hmong International Academy

YWCA Minneapolis has been offering school success programs to new American Hmong students for nearly 15 years. In 2005, the Hmong International Academy (HIA) school site was created by the Minneapolis Public Schools to serve immigrant Hmong students. A partnership between the YWCA Beacon Learning Center and the HIA was established in 2009 to serve the kindergarten through eighth-grade students from immigrant and refugee households. Each year, more than 250 youth attend afterschool and summer programs.

For enrollment or program information, contact Program Coordinator Kinley Vang at 612-668-2265.


YWCA Beacon Learning Center at Franklin Middle School

In the Fall of 2015, YWCA Minneapolis opened a Beacon Center at the new Franklin Middle School. This transition will bring the YWCA Beacon program back to where it all began over 15 years ago. The YWCA will focus on offering high-quality programming to the middle-school students, focusing on leadership development, healthy life choices, college and career readiness and STEM.

For enrollment or program information, contact Program Coordinator Aisha Wright at 612-668-2600.

Afterschool Youth at YWCA Minneapolis

“Being involved in Beacons has exposed me to so many new things! I‘ve made great friends. I get to be a leader and I represent my school in the community. I’ve been on college tours and I’ve helped teach others about my culture – and I am only in sixth grade. Every student should have the chance to be in Beacons!”

YWCA Beacon Center participant