Minneapolis Foundation Enriches Summer

May 18, 2018

FamilyWise has received $4,000 from the Minneapolis Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Fund. The grant will finance several field trips over the summer for the adolescent parents in our Bright Beginnings program and their children. The youth will select the specific sites and activities themselves with FamilyWise staff organizing and guiding the outings. There will be a mix of family fun and bonding with interactive education supplementing the program’s curriculum.

We’re pleased the young adults who review requests for money from the Fund selected our project as summer can be particularly unstructured for teen parents and children with school ending. Families will now be able to participate in activities at sites they may not have the resources to visit on their own. Transportation costs, which this gift finances, have been a barrier to planning such large group outings.

Watch our Facebook and Twitter over the next couple months to see what the teens are up to!

About Bright Beginnings
Bright Beginnings Teen Parenting program assists young parents in creating safe and healthy environments for themselves and their infants before and during the first years of their children’s lives. The parenting youth are almost all youth of color (99%), 73% of them are low-income, 25% are experiencing homelessness, and 22% are immigrants or refugees. Read More

About Minneapolis Foundation
A lawyer, two lumbermen and two bankers came together with a vision: to build “a wisely planned and enduring fabric” to benefit the community for years to come. They brought that vision to life by establishing The Minneapolis Foundation. A century later, the Foundation continues to connect people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of all people and expand the culture of generosity in Minneapolis. Over the last 100 years, the Foundation has invested $850 million locally, nationally and globally to address issues and fund solutions. Read More

About FamilyWise
Since 1976, FamilyWise has been keeping children safe and helping families gain the stability needed to lead healthy and productive lives. FamilyWise provides parent education, comprehensive support services, and supervised visitation and safe exchange services to at-risk children and families experiencing trauma. In 2017, nearly 1,200 children under the age of six were kept safe while parents learned to help them achieve age-appropriate developmental milestones. 91% of program participants are considered low income. Read More

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