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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty.

Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty.

The Salvation Army operates hundreds of after school programs in low and moderate income neighborhoods across the country.

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By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students are already two years behind grade level.

By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.

The Salvation Army has dozens of programs in the Minnesota and North Dakota.

The Salvation Army operates youth programs in low and moderate income neighborhoods across Minnesota and North Dakota. These programs provide children with a safe place to play and learn in a supervised and constructive environment. In many cases, The Salvation Army will provide faith-based sports, arts, and music programs, which may or may not be available in the local school systems. As the economy has declined and local municipalities have struggled to fund these extracurricular programs. The Salvation Army has made an effort in many communities to provide these learning opportunities.

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The Salvation Army supplements and
supports kids’ educational opportunities through:

Homework assistance and counseling

At The Salvation Army, we provide one-on-one teaching assistance to help kids of all ages with school work, study guidance and literacy advancement. We open our doors to anyone in need and never discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic level.

Teen Drop-In Centers

When teens don’t have anywhere to go after school, we open our doors to give them a safe place to interact. Contact The Salvation Army in your neighborhood to find out if there are teen drop-in hours.

Northwoods Camp

Need an outlet for your child’s sense of adventure and creativity, or a place for your family to bond over roasted marshmallows? The 280-acre Northwoods Camp in Finlayson, Minn., is just 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities. We offer camp opportunities for both children and families. Call 320-233-0711 for more information.

Parental involvement coaching

We work to develop relationships with parents in efforts to encourage familial support in the education process. Our Pathway of Hope program provides targeted services to families with children under the age of 18 that desire to break the cycle of crisis. Learn more about the program.

Music

Youth with a passion for music crave an outlet to perform, collaborate with other musicians and learn new techniques. Most Salvation Army locations offer bands or choirs where youth can practice their passion as part of a musical team.

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Poverty impacts education.

Students from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.

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Children in poverty have greater learning challenges.

Children who live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to develop mental delays or learning disabilities than those who don’t live in poverty.

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Lack of education leads to lack of income.

31% of young adults without a high school diploma currently live in poverty.

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Youth Services

Youth of all ages come through our doors. Some want to learn a new skill after school rather than going home to an empty house. Some need an adequate dinner or help with homework. Others just want to have a conversation with someone who is willing to listen. No matter what the need, we see each child’s potential in life and help them see hope for a bright future.

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Children from all walks of life face obstacles. But those who grow and learn in structured activities and have supervision are less likely to succumb to risky behaviors. Many of our Salvation Army locations offer after-school programs to engage children to learn new skills and gain confidence through tutoring.

When teens don’t have anywhere to go after school, we open our doors to give them a safe place to interact. Contact The Salvation Army in your neighborhood to find out if there are teen drop-in hours.

Building character starts young and helps determine who a child will become in life. Our programs help develop a child’s unique personality and individual strengths, based on Biblical principles.

Girls can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Sunbeams (first through fifth grades) and Girl Guards (sixth through 12 grades). Boys can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Adventure Corps Explorers (first through fourth grades) and Rangers (fifth through eighth grades).

Youth with a passion for music crave an outlet to perform, collaborate with other musicians and learn new techniques. Most Salvation Army locations offer bands or choirs where youth can practice their passion as part of a musical team.

Need an outlet for your child’s sense of adventure and creativity, or a place for your family to bond over roasted marshmallows? The 280-acre Northwoods Camp in Finlayson, Minn., is just 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities. We offer camp opportunities for both children and families. Call 320-233-0711 for more information.

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