For Immediate Release
Board Chair, Tamales y Bicicletas
TAMALES Y BICICLETAS SELECTED BY DISTINCTIVE YOUTHPRISE GRANT
Tamales y Bicicletaschosen as one of 101 Twin Cities’ organizations receiving funding for high-quality learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
Minneapolis, MN (June 13, 2012) – Tamales y Bicicletas is pleased to announce that it has received a unique operating grant from Youthprise, an intermediary in the out-of-school time field. The award was one of 101 grants totaling $2.1 million approved by the Youthprise board to Twin Cities’ organizations serving youth for out-of-school time programming.
Tamales y Bicicletas will use the grant to deepen it’s assets-based youth engagement model which grounds STEM career pathways like the natural sciences and sustainable technologies in an empowering frame of cultural relevancy, linguistic accessibility, and pan-Indigenous traditions that equip students with the skills needed to excel in and out of school.
“We are honored by Youthprise’s support. This grant will help our youth leaders advance the cutting-edge projects they are working on such as the healthy living ‘Urban Solution to Pollution’ festival in the Phillips neighborhood, the food mapping and train-the-trainer workshops, and our ecoprenuer bicycle delivery system focusing on creating youth jobs and environmentally-friendly community development in areas that are hit the hardest by health inequities. Our work is building the next wave of diverse leaders needed by the environmental and food justice community. The self-confidence and critical thinking skills youth acquire through our activities give them a set of transferrable skills they can use in the professional world, on the streets, or in the college classroom to improve the health and well being of their community,” explained Jose Luis Villaseñor who is founder and director of Tamales y Bicicletas.
“Youthprise exists to accelerate leadership and innovation in the out-of-school time field,” explained Youthprise president Wokie Weah. “Making sure our youth have great learning opportunities during the more than 2,000 hours they have outside of school each year is a top priority. We want to see that all Minnesota youth thrive – no matter their background or circumstances. The achievement gap is the result of an opportunity gap and a key task for Youthprise is to fill that gap.”
Youthprise’s grants to Expand Access to Quality Learning Opportunities are one-year investments to 101 organizations in the metropolitan area. A full list of organizations receiving funding is available at www.youthprise.org/grant-making/grantees/. Grantees will form a learning community that will advance the out-of-school time field in Minnesota by leading efforts to improve program quality, expand access to a greater number of youth, promote racial equity in the out-of-school time field and mobilize communities around a shared policy agenda for youth.
MORE on Youthprise: Youthprise was founded in 2010 by The McKnight Foundation to increase the quality, accessibility, sustainability and innovation of opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. Youthprise works collaboratively with municipalities, funders, policymakers, program providers, youth and parents to ensure that all Minnesota youth, especially young people who are traditionally underserved, have access to affordable, quality learning opportunities during out-of-school time. For more information on Youthprise, visit www.youthprise.org.
MORE on Tamales y Bicicletas: Tamales y Bicicletas is a Latino-led sustainable transportation, local foods access, and youth development organization based in south Minneapolis. The mission of the organization is to develop healthy Latino and immigrant communities through bikes, local & organic foods, cultural empowerment, and environmental justice. To learn more about Tamales y Bicicletas visit http://tamalesybicicletas.weebly.com/
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