Partner Communities

GradMinnesota St. Paul Partners

Communities, in partnership with schools, government agencies, nonprofits, and other entities are critical in developing local solutions to the national dropout crisis.  The four GradMinnesota partner communities of Duluth, Minneapolis, Northfield and Saint Paul are committed to finding comprehensive solutions to close the achievement and opportunity gaps and raise high school graduation rates in their communities.

Supporting Partner Communities

GradMinnesota supports partner communities through:

  • Invitations to professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to network with other communities
  • Connections to partners, experts, and other resources
  • Access to research-based tools and knowledge
  • Guidance for driving awareness, building public will, and increasing youth voice
  • Access to communication, messaging, and community engagement tools
  • Guidance on how to sustain and fund community efforts

Partner with GradMinnesota

Is your community committed to supporting youth in their journeys to high school graduation?  Become a GradMinnesota partner community by contacting Cammy Lehr at clehr@mnyouth.net.

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Recent partner community work

Duluth: Ensuring Student and Community Well-Being

Near the end of 2015, the Minnesota Department of Education awarded a total of $250,000 to four school districts looking to implement full-service community school models.  Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth was one of these schools.  With the full-service community school model in full swing at Lincoln Park Middle School, multiple community partnerships thrive and are working to provide equitable opportunity for all students and to remove barriers to the full potential of young people. Read More…

St. Paul: Reengaging Young People into School: Project Return

Project Return is a joint project between St. Paul Public Schools and the Ramsey County Attorney’s office.  The emphasis of this initiative is to identify and locate students who have missed 15 consecutive days of school and have subsequently been dropped from enrollment at the respective school.  The Project Return Coordinator aims to re-enroll these students into appropriate educational environments and continues to re-engage them and ensure sustained support is provided.  Read More…

Northfield: Inspiring Youth, Creating Change

Youth, educators, family and community members gathered at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota on December 9th, 2016, for the Northfield Graduation Summit.  Northfield’s event brought together around 200 stakeholders to spend the day learning about best practices and local efforts underway to close the graduation gap and to create pathways for post-high school opportunities. Read more…