Keystone’s Hmong Youth & Family Program is designed to help children, teens and their parents manage the challenges of adapting to life in a new culture. We offer two programs for youth: Afterschool Enrichment and our Teen Tutoring Program. The programs are offered year round at the McDonough Community Center from 5:30-8:00, Monday through Thursday. There is no fee for either program.
Afterschool Enrichment Program
Youth who choose the enrichment activity also spend time completing homework. Enrichment options include: Hmong dance instruction, traditional Hmong cooking with parents, break dancing, crafts, field trips, gardening and holiday celebrations. Teens meet monthly with staff to create new activity ideas.
The Hmong Peace Dancers group has been part of the program since 1997. Dancers can enroll in the program in January. Dancers perform at notable celebrations throughout the year including Hmong New Year celebrations and the Minnesota State Fair.
Teen Tutor Program
The program provides small group tutoring for youth whoneed additional academic support. Youth are taught using a reading curriculum provided by Winsor Learning, a Keystone Business Partner. This curriculum focuses on building and improving reading and math skills. A 10 week summer tutor program is also part of the program.
Tutoring is provided by Teen Tutors who are Hmong teenagers from the community and many are past program participants. Tutors provide both academic and social support to the elementary age youth as they have experienced the same challenges of learning a new language and navigating between two cultures. The tutors are provided with meaningful and supportive "first job” experiences that offer them valuable work history and work-readiness skills that enhance their ability to secure future jobs and build stability. Watch this video to learn more about the program.
For more information about the Hmong Youth & Family Program, please call the program coordinator at 651-558-2265.