Minnesota Youth Story Squad
Engagement. Mentorship. Empowerment.
Minnesota Youth Story Squad addresses educational opportunity gaps and amplifies voices through storytelling to engage school-aged youth in the Twin Cities. We grow and sustain partnerships with Twin Cities public schools where many will be the first in their families to attend college. Developed in the College of Liberal Arts, MYSS offers a rich interdisciplinary, culturally relevant curriculum that uses digital media-making to engage youth academically, socially and emotionally, and to build in mentorship opportunities with UMN undergraduates. We recognize their achievements and showcase their stories at a celebration at the University of Minnesota for students and their families each year.
Impact to Date
After participating in our programming:
81% of middle school students imagine college in their future.
78% believe they can succeed in school.
68% better understand a path to college.
Over one thousand students at Parkway Montessori (St. Paul) and Northeast Middle School (Minneapolis) have created digital stories advocating for social change and a brighter future.
-Dean John Coleman, College of Liberal Arts, 2018
The Future Looks Bright