Keystone youth programs help young people practice academic skills and gain competence in unique and fun ways through our after-school program.
Student doing learning outside, socially-distanced

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
  • Teacher and students connecting virtually.
  • Socially distanced learning.
  • Creatively offering educational opportunities for students, virtually.

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.

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

Ananyie is Proud of How Hard He Has Worked to Increase His Reading Skills

Not long ago, reading wasn’t something Ananyie was very fond of. But that changed after he advanced two reading levels in just three months after working intensely with teachers and reading tutors at the Keystone Community Kids after-school program at the West 7th Community Center.

Now Ananyie practices reading after school at Community Kids five days a week. And he’s happy to be able to check out books on gaming at his school library. “I got a book on Minecraft, and I like to read it a lot,” he says, explaining how the book helped him learn how to play Minecraft and get really good at it.

“At school, my teachers notice that my reading is better, and I tell them that it’s because I practice so much, and my parents are proud of me too,” Ananyie says.

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