Being a successful student depends a lot on whether or not young people have the support they need outside of the school day. Keystone’s youth programs ensure that underserved youth are supported by caring adults who want to see young people reach their potential.
Giving Students Opportunities to Build Strong Futures
Community Kids Program
A learning center for youth, grades k – 10
Community Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center and an accredited program that serves youth, grades K-10, and their families living, working or attending school in the West 7th neighborhood. The program is offered Monday-Friday on a year-round basis (after-school and summer schedules differ). At Community Kids, learning is fun, engaging and challenges participants to become curious and confident learners. In addition to academic support and tutoring, Community Kids also offers a variety of enrichment activities to help youth learn and grow.
Supporting Academics in a Variety of Ways
Our key academic supports include:
- An Extended Day Learning partnership with the St. Paul Public Schools to improve student achievement through reading and math instruction twice weekly from licensed teachers, daily homework help and library visits
- A dedicated STEM instructor to prepare Community Kids’ Lego League team for annual competition and to provide hands-on activities for all grades
- Check & Connect to help middle school and high school students maintain regular attendance, homework completion, and stay on track to graduate
- Parent conferences and educational workshops to help families stay informed and learn positive ways to advocate for their child
Learn More or Register your Child
Location: West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street, St. Paul
School Year Program Hours: Monday – Friday, 2:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Register your child for Keystone’s Community Kids program. Transportation is limited to eligible youth and families.
Teen Tutor Program
A Unique Tutoring Model
Keystone’s Teen Tutor Program offers academic tutoring for youth in grades K-5 by paid and trained Teen Tutors. The program is offered at the McDonough Recreation Center and serves youth who live in the McDonough Homes Community in the North End of St. Paul. The Teen Tutor Program model is unique, offering small group tutoring for youth who have been identified as needing additional academic support and tutoring is done by teenagers from the community. Tutors provide both academic and social support to the elementary age youth. Keystone provides intensive training and supervision so that Teen Tutors can successfully provide evidence-based tutoring.
- Tutors are trained to deliver the evidence-based Sonday System, provided by Keystone Business Partner Winsor Learning. The Sonday System is an Orton-Gillingham-based, sequential, and cumulative multisensory language instruction program designed to help English Language Learners fill in gaps in reading.
- Teen Tutors also provide homework help, individual reading support, and offer activities to boost math and social/emotional skills.
- Each Keystone Teen Tutor typically gains 200+ hours of paid work experience and work-readiness training as well as credentialing in an evidence-based literacy program.
Learn More about the Teen Tutor Program
Location: McDonough Recreation Center, 1544 Timberlake Road, St. Paul
School Year Program Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Meet Yafeit and Yosan, Who Both Dream of Being Engineers One Day
The students love using their math and science skills in unique and fun ways
Yosan, 11, and Yafeit, 9, love math and science so they especially like that the Keystone’s Community Kids program provides homework help and supportive tutoring with a special focus on STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
While they both love the program’s field trips to museums, bowling alleys, swimming pools and other fun places, their favorite activity at the center is FIRST® LEGO League, which meets three afternoons a week. Part of a national STEM-learning program, FIRST® LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers to solve problems.
Using Teamwork to Solve Problems
Yosan and Yafeit are on the same robotics team, which did well in last year’s competitions. The students have to complete three specific missions during the competition. Yosan, who is proud to already be doing eighth-grade-level math, appreciated how the whole team worked together.
“You have to use your teamwork a lot for LEGO League, and we scored really high on teamwork because we worked together well and made each other laugh,” Yosan said.
Teachers Help Students
Both kids credit the Community Kids’ teachers for helping them boost their skills in math and reading.
“The teachers have really helped me,” Yafeit says. “If you come here to Community Kids you’ll have good teachers, and if you feel like you don’t know anything, they’ll help you. But they don’t just tell you the answers, they help you figure things out yourself.”
Keystone’s Programs are Essential:
As you know, the Governor Walz issued an Executive Order directing Minnesotans to “Stay At Home” through April 10th. Keystone is an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this information, we will continue to operate our food shelf, crisis services, meals on wheels and case management programs that support our most vulnerable residents in St. Paul. The executive order also defines “workers” and “personnel” as employees, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This clearly allows our dedicated and wonderful volunteers to continue serving at Keystone during this time. We will have more limited staff in our buildings but remain committed to offering vital support to those who need it.
Programs that are available to the community:
- Meals on Wheels deliveries are continuing and staff are modifying operations to ensure safety of the staff, participants and volunteers.
- Food shelf operations, including Foodmobile distributions, have been modified to ensure the safety of staff, participants and volunteers but are open Monday – Friday to provide vital food support to people in the community.
- Express Bike Shop is open for service repair only. In accordance with the Minnesota stay at home guidelines, bicycle repair shops have been identified as an essential service. To limit person to person contact we ask that you call ahead 651-644-9660 to schedule a bike service repair appointment. Full information is available at exbike.com.
Our youth afterschool programs and active senior programs are canceled as well as any large gatherings in our community centers. AARP Tax Assistance is also canceled until further notice.
We are actively monitoring the situation and will implement any additional strategies when necessary. Stay tuned for updates as things are rapidly changing.
How you can help:
You might be wondering how you can help neighbors during this uncertain time. Here are the top ways you can support your community today:
Your cash contributions give the greatest flexibility to responding the your neighbors’ needs. Support your neighbors today.
Give food and household items to keep our food shelves stocked. Click here to see our most needed items and where you can drop off your contributions.
Your time supporting vulnerable people in our community is needed more than ever. Sign up today.
We are so grateful for your care and support!
Health and Safety Precautions during this time
As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. We are relying on facts to inform thoughtful decision-making in an ever-evolving situation. Keystone is committed to providing services in safe, healthy environments for all of our participants, volunteers, and staff. During this time of heightened awareness, we are maintaining our thorough cleaning and food safety standards and expanding them as necessary.