Impact and Programs
Programmatic highlights in FY 2021-22 include:
140 K-5th grade scholars enrolled in Bright Futures after-school and summer programs;
100% of Bright Futures scholars participated in diverse and engaging experiences that promoted academic enrichment, social-emotional development, and skill-building, including virtual literacy programming, STEM learning, mindfulness activities, gardening and healthy eating, art clubs, and field trips;
Bright Futures staff prepared and distributed 120 Supply kits and arts activity kits to scholars and families in summer, 2021.
We enrolled 84 youth in PYC Arts & Tech High School and had a graduation rate of 68% of graduation-eligible seniors. 100% of these graduates left PYC with plans for post-secondary education, vocational training, military services, or gainful employment following graduation.
In October 2021, we celebrated the grand re-opening of the renovated and expanded Capri. In it's first year of re-opening, 22,000 people visited the Capri as patrons, artists, or guests. With the reopening of the Capri and the winding down of COVID-related restrictions, our youth programming at the Capri also fully resumed, serving 1,665 youth through Capri and Capri partner-produced programs and events.
Our Best Buy Teen Tech Center @ the Capri celebrated it's grand opening in October 2021 as well. Housed within the Capri, 84 teens enrolled at the Center and 100% were exposed to new technologies including 3-D printing, drones, audio and video recording, graphic design, and more. 7 youth also participated in the International Clubhouse Network Global RE@CH Festival and a submission created by 4 youth won the "Best Music Video" Audience Choice Award.
In a pivot from our typical in-person Gift Sale event, we shifted to a drive-thru model to limit contact during the pandemic. Even though we could not safely hold the big annual event, we still provided support to PCYC families before the holidays with cash gifts of $100 to 62 families.
Key FY 2022-23 programmatic goals include: 1) Continue engaging students in post-graduation planning, connecting them with career opportunities, and expanding project-based learning; 2) Reestablish CAST, the final Capri youth program that was paused during the pandemic; 3) Continue to increase board diversity; and 4) Complete our current strategic planning process following collaboration with staff, board, community partners, former students, program families, and more.
Community or Constituency Served
PCYC's primary constituency is the North Minneapolis community. Through our youth development programs, we serve Kindergarten - 12th grade-aged youth. The Capri Theater also has a diverse and expanding constituency. Patrons, rentals, and artists come to the Capri from across the Twin Cities region.
Geographic Area Served
Our internal programming primarily serves the neighborhoods of North Minneapolis.
The Capri audience also extends throughout the greater Minneapolis area.