The Saint Paul, F.R. Bigelow, and Mardag foundations have announced grants totaling more than $7 million to nonprofits in Minnesota, including organizations working to address disparities in youth outcomes.
The Saint Paul Foundation awarded seventy-nine grants, including a grant of $10,000 to the Dial Group in support of an education program that uses digital media arts and literacy to engage students of color and matches them with mentors. The Bigelow Foundation's eighty-three grants included an award of $25,000 to Youthprise in support of its "community ambassadors" program, which connects at-risk youth with community-based organizations that can provide them with educational, social, and employment services and support. And the Mardag Foundation awarded forty-six grants, including a grant of $50,000 to the Ain Dah Yung Center, an emergency shelter for Native American youth, in support of a partnership with Project for Pride in Living to develop supportive housing that includes case management and mental healthcare services as well as a cultural center.
"We live in a moment where youth are feeling empowered to do incredible things. They are leading movements, telling their stories, and connecting with their peers," said Ann Mulholland, vice president of community impact for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, of which the Bigelow and Mardag foundations are affiliates. "However, not all young people have the same opportunities and access. These grants are an investment in projects and programs that are closing achievement and access gaps and giving all youth the opportunities to make their voices heard."