Minnesota Alliance with Youth


School-wide Restorative Culture: A Conversation with Alexis Goffe

Research has shown that when addressing conflict in school, exclusionary practices such as expulsions and suspensions are not effective in either improving student behavior or school climate (Skiba, Shure, Middelberg & Baker, 2011).  Suspensions are associated with negative student outcomes such as high levels of repeat offending, lower academic performance, higher school stop-out rates, decreased […] Read more »

Creating Positive Spaces for Twin Cities Youth: The Wakanheza Project

By: Emily Kay, Minnesota Alliance With Youth AmeriCorps VISTA serving with GradMinnesota  Think back to when you were a teenager, around age 15 or 16…  What was life like for you at that time?  What was school like for you?  What parts were enjoyable for you?  What struggles did you have in school?  Where did […] Read more »

Recognizing the Excellent Work of Four GradNation Communities in Minnesota

In May of 2017, GradMinnesota offered stipends of $1000 to support community-specific programming and activities that aim to increase student engagement, success in school, high school graduation and postsecondary success – especially for young people at risk of not completing school.  As of June 2017, GradMinnesota awarded 4 stipends to GradNation Communities in Duluth, Minneapolis, […] Read more »


After months of meetings, research, rewrites, and late nights, the young people of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) are proud to release their white paper: A User-Driven Education System in Minnesota: Supplementing Standardized Tests with Comprehensive Needs Assessments and Community Developed Discipline Policies Motivated by MDE’s process of writing a […] Read more »


By Sarah Barott, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow serving at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights One of my students always seemed reluctant to get help from me. I figured that the way to get him to work with me was to give him a goal to work towards. We decided that if he could use […] Read more »

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