Youth in the City Mentoring and Leadership

we believe in the power of young people to shape their community in positive ways

Girls’ Empowerment Program/ Mask making with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Photo: Bruce Silcox


Youth ages 10-14 work toward success and personal power through group hands-on opportunities that foster public leadership, relationship building, and responsibility.

Core Approach
We organize opportunities for youth in multi-week quarterly mentoring sessions with an emphasis on civic engagement action projects. Youth come together to develop leadership skills and learn to act effectively out of their talent and voice as they contribute to community.

Mentoring sessions are facilitated by guest artists, consultants and teachers.

Mentoring & Leadership Projects

Hope Youth Stewards Project
The Hope Youth Stewards project is a program for youth ages 10-14 to explore our natural urban environment, grow and cook healthy food and develop leadership skills.

Camp Readiness and Leadership Program
The 6-week Camp Readiness and Leadership program prepares between 35-40 youth for a 1-week overnight camp experience. Topics such as navigating issues of race (on the minds of many of the kids) and how to talk to camp counselors help ensure a positive experience. Camp scholarships are provided by Pohlad Family Foundation.

Girls’ Empowerment Movement
Through writing, music and performance young girls explore their opinions, values and beliefs in a positive way. The project is centered around four core themes: educational empowerment, critical thinking and awareness, developing bonds of sisterhood and civic engagement. For 8 weeks – one Saturday morning a week, local women artists facilitate a multi-disciplined arts curriculum that culminates in a community performance given by participants.

Youth in the City Job Readiness/Wealth Creation
This is a six-week program that gives youth ages 14-15 skills to support them in their job search with a focus on leadership and career development. Youth in the City Job Readiness is designed with the City of Minneaplis STEP UP summer youth job program.

Program Registration
Contact Dhop at or call (612) 435-1673 for information about Youth in the City programs. All programs are free.