School Based Programs Guidelines

Carolyn Foundation is committed to partnering with schools that are providing a quality education to students most in need. We know that the benefits of additional programs and resources in these schools will be used wisely and support a high-quality system of education. We also know that great enrichment or after-school programs sometimes draw families to schools that are failing students, creating a harmful unintended consequence. To this end, we will fund programs in middle schools that are closing the gap for students most in-need in Minneapolis. These schools can be found in the Minneapolis School Finder, and are listed below.

As we review proposals, we carefully look at the middle school age populations being served and focus our efforts on those with significant economic challenges typically as indicated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch. We will seek programs that apply proven best practices (see links on the previous page) and respectfully support these young people and their families in culturally appropriate ways.

In addition to our continuing emphasis on developmentally appropriate programs designed for middle school students, we also recognize the importance of culturally relevant programs, staff and organizations that empower young people to develop agency, independence, and empowerment. We prefer programs that explicitly demonstrate an equity, inclusion, and empowerment lens in their work.

Because we believe programs that are integrated and aligned with school curriculum and objectives have the highest impact – all in-and after-school program requests must include a letter of support from the school leader (not community ed.) explaining how and why the program fits with the school’s priorities and plans.

We will consider programs in and after-school in these schools, which are providing students most in-need a good education:

  • Ascension Catholic School
  • Aurora Middle School
  • Barton Open School
  • Friendship Academy of the Arts
  • Global Academy
  • Hennepin Middle School
  • Hiawatha College Prep
  • Justice Page Middle School
  • KIPP North Star Academy
  • Lake Nokomis – Keewaydin Campus
  • Marcy Open School
  • Minnesota International Middle School
  • New City Academy
  • New Millennium Academy
  • Northeast College Prep
  • Prodeo Academy
  • Risen Christ Catholic School
  • Sanford Middle School
  • Seward Montessori School
  • Southside Family Charter School
  • St. Helena Catholic School
  • St. John Paul II Catholic School
  • Universal Academy Charter School

We are most interested in programs that serve high need students.   In schools where 60% or more student receive Free/Reduced Lunch, we will assume all school-wide programs fit this target.  In schools with a lower percent FRL population, please explain how your program specifically benefits this population. For after-school programs, we are interested in the participation rate for FRL students in the specific program.