Making the World a Better Place For All of Us
How Seeds to Harvest Started
Since the murder of George Floyd, civil unrest and ongoing covid-19 response has suspended public sector programs and destroyed the economic and civic physical infrastructure. Several community agencies and groups, leadership development and environmental organizations have formed the ‘Seeds to Harvest’ Coalition to serve its community to support the community and its program infrastructure. One hour a week.
The Five Promises
The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping Five Promises to children and youth that form the conditions they need to achieve adult success.
We promise to young Americans that they will grow up with the help and guidance of caring adult relationships, healthy childhoods, safe surroundings, effective education and opportunities to serve others.
When at least four of these promises are at work in young people’s lives, they are more likely to succeed academically, socially and civically.
Caring adults are the centerpieces of children’s development. They serve as guides, caretakers and advisers, who give positive and productive guidance throughout their development.
To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school.
A Health Start
Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years.
Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life.
Opportunities To Help Others
Through service to others, young Americans develop the character and competence they need to be helpful, hopeful and civically engaged all their lives, regardless of their own life circumstances.
With Your Help, We are Making The World a Better Place
North Minneapolis is home to 68,000+, 16,021 between the ages of 6 – 19. 11,000+ within a one mile radius of the North Commons* Campus (* – North Community YMCA, North Commons Park, North Community High School. Jerry Gambles Boys and Girls Clubs and Hospitality House Youth Directions are within blocks of the campus).If North Minneapolis was a city, it would be the 9th largest in Minnesota, preceded by Maple Grove and ahead of Woodbury and St. Cloud.
The momentum began to build and today we have:
- Coordinated 47 partners;
- Raised and spent $264.9+k to support community projects and initiatives through the Urban Impact Fund, Minnesota Public Safety Department & other donors; (STH & ALANA Community Trust – ABCI)
- Coordinated 1,100+ volunteers in support of 48 projects and initiatives over 42 weekends
- Engaged 350+ young people (4th – 12th grade) through the Service, Employment, and Training (S.E.T. up) Initiative – “One Hour of Service in our Community”
- Served 250+ meals to families and first responders across the metro area and network;
The Coalition’s effort to date has provided:
- 300+ youth and young people participated through our Service, Employment, and Training (S.E.T. up) opportunities
- 500+ community service and employee based volunteers participating in coalition events and activities, such as: UROC – University of Minnesota, AALF, MULYP, City of Minneapolis – 2020 Census
- 12,500+ households and 1,500+ youth reached
- 7,500 hours of service to date
- 15,000+ mobilized to vote through-out Service Area
- 15,000+ PPE materials (Masks and sanitizer) distributed to community residents and volunteers