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The Experts Weigh-In: 20 Top Nonprofits Providing Educational Support for At-Risk Youth in Minnesota Identified

Across the nation, poor education and career outcomes for low income youth and youth of color paint a clear picture of the often mentioned achievement gap and opportunity gap. In Minnesota, the trend is no different. Since 2006, the achievement gap has increased by 10 percentage points in high school math between white and Hispanic students and between white and black students on the annual state test. (Minnesota 2020)

Recently, Philanthropedia surveyed 85 Minnesota experts providing educational support to at-risk youth with an average of 14 years of work experience in the field to identify those organizations that were making the biggest positive impact in the field.

Philanthropedia’s experts, including funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, consultants, etc., identified 20 top nonprofits (out of 119 total reviewed nonprofits), with a tie for 12th place, making an impact for Minnesota youth. Below is a graphical representation of who participated in our research. You can also see who our experts were by clicking here.

Research Report

Which nonprofits were among the top?

Minnesota experts were asked to recommend up to four high-impact nonprofits and up to two promising start-up nonprofits working in the field of educational support for at-risk youth in Minnesota. Experts were encouraged to consider a variety of different types of nonprofits serving at-risk youth of all ages. Nonprofits could work on advocacy, training, in school support, out-of-school instruction, and more.

The following is the list of the expert-identified high-impact nonprofits working to provide educational support for at-risk youth. Click the link to visit each organizations profile and read expert reviews. Experts have commented on each nonprofit’s impact, other organizational strengths, and how each organization could further improve.

  1. College Possible
  2. The Bridge for Youth
  3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
  4. YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
  5. YWCA of St. Paul
  6. Northside Achievement Zone
  7. Achieve Minneapolis
  8. Minnesota Minority Education Partnership
  9. Genesys Works
  10. YouthLink
  11. Cookie Cart
  12. (tied) Breakthrough Saint Paul and Harvest Preparatory Charter School
  13. Bolder Options
  14. Hiawatha Leadership Academy
  15. MIGIZI Communications
  16. Youthprise
  17. Washburn Center for Children
  18. Project SUCCESS
  19. Youth Farm and Market Project (YRMP)

Check out the profiles of each of these top organizations on our website and read the expert reviews here. Experts commented on the impact each nonprofit has had, what the nonprofit’s other organizational strengths are, and how each organization could further improve.

We will be highlighting the top 5 high-impact nonprofits working in this field through our blog and Twitter, so stay tuned!

We also invite your feedback. Please tell us what you think and what experiences you’ve had with these great organizations! You can reach me, Jasmine Marrow, manager of Philanthropedia research, at

Topics: Impact