Keystone youth programs help young people practice academic skills and gain competence in unique and fun ways through our after-school program.
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Giving Students Opportunities to Build Strong Futures

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. 

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.

Register Your Child

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  • Volunteer reading with young boy at Community Kids program.
  • Students work together to build a machine in Community Kids Program.

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.

Teen Tutors
Keystone’s 2017 Teen Tutors and program staff.

Programming offered:

  • 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.

Contact us to learn more about the Teen Tutor Program

Meet Yafeit and Yosan, Who Both Dream of Being Engineers One Day

Youth in Community Kids ProgramThe 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.”

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Looking for support or know someone who is? 

We know for so many people in our community, things in their lives may not feel as stable as they once did. If you or someone you know needs support please know our programs are here for you and we encourage you to refer people to us as well. We can get people connected to food shelf services, meals on wheels, crisis assistance, or refer to other community services as we are able.

Looking for additional food support? 

In July we’ll also be hosting Foodmobile distributions, Free Farmers Market events and a Fare for All event, all in safe, socially-distanced ways. Check out our events page for the full schedule and check back regularly as more events are added.