Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Center for School Change
Augsburg Fairview Academy began with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the University of Minnesota’s Center for School Change at the Humphrey Institute, and with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
First Universalist Church
First Universalist Church is a very important partner at Augsburg Fairview Academy. They provide resources and volunteers to stock and organize the on-site food shelf and clothing closet They also have volunteers in a few of the classrooms. They make many of the things that we do possible.
The mission of Girls Inc. at the YWCA-Minneapolis is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. will be offering a Friday class for Augsburg Fairview Academy students during the first semester of the 2016 – 2017 school year, topics will include Financial Literacy, Healthy Sexuality & Resolution and Prevention. Those who satisfactorily complete Girls Inc. will be invited to free field trips and obtain a year-long fitness membership to the YWCA-Midtown location.
Hope Street for Homeless Youth
An outreach worker from Hope Street comes to Augsburg Fairview Academy on a weekly basis. This person supports students who are at risk of homelessness to find safe housing. Hope Street provides street outreach, school outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing services for youth experiencing homelessness.
The Legal Rights Center
Youth advocate attorneys from The Legal Rights Center are available for our students should they need free legal advice. In addition, they visit our school to provide students with information about their rights within the juvenile justice system. The Legal Rights Center is a community-driven nonprofit law firm, specializing in adult and juvenile criminal defense, and restorative justice practices and advocacy. They work to improve the experience of the justice system for communities of color, if not proactively solving problems that prevent involvement in the justice system in the first place.
Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association
Public Health Nurses (PHNs) from MVNA meet individually with pregnant and parenting Augsburg Fairview Academy students to provide medical advocacy. Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association (MVNA) Family Health program provides care for at-risk families to promote healthy birth outcomes, healthy child growth and development and family self-sufficiency. MVNA provides family-centered and community-based public health nursing services to clients from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Street Law by the MN Justice Foundation
Law student volunteers teach fundamental legal rights, responsibilities, and resources to Augsburg Fairview Academy students. During the academic year, many volunteers serve at local alternative learning centers, charter schools, or other educational/after-school programs. School terms last anywhere from four to twelve weeks.
Walk-In Counseling Center
Walk-In Counseling Center staff visit Augsburg Fairview Academy on a regular basis to connect students with free, anonymous and confidential mental health services in the neighborhood. For over 45 years, Walk-In Counseling Center has provided free mental health counseling to help thousands of people address issues of depression, anxiety, chemical abuse/dependency, trauma, domestic violence and a variety of other emotional and interpersonal concerns.
Augsburg Fairview Academy refers many youth to YouthLink as they have vast knowledge and resources to support students experiencing homelessness. YouthLink connects youth to a community of resources and helps them discover pathways that get them where they want to go. YouthLink provides a drop in center with hot meals and showers as well as a GED program, health services, mental health counseling, employment services, a food shelf and more. Augsburg Fairview Academy will be at YouthLink 1 time per week during the Summer, and 2 times per month during the School Year.
We look forward to partnering with more programs and individuals in order to support our students in becoming successful learners.