An initiative of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

Programs in Place

In 2016, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation committed $1.5 million to nine nonprofit groups and one government agency, the Duluth Public Schools. The grant was provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation of Eden Prairie, Minnesota and from Community Foundation resources. The fund seeks to embrace and empower our kids and their families through innovative and collaborative projects.

221 young people have gained positive relationships with adults through Mentor Duluth/Mentor Superior, helping them feel more supported.
84 young people have been connected with opportunities to secure employment and learn lasting job skills through Opportunity Youth of Duluth.
85% of eligible families at CHUM’s Steve O’Neil Apartments attend early childhood programming, gaining access to life-long benefits.
80 families experiencing abuse have been offered resources to help them stay together through Heart of the People.


Programs throughout our area are making an impact on the lives of our kids. Good changes are happening. Learn more about how Opportunity Rising is working.

Grant recipients include:

CHUM: Family Coaching Services at Steve O’Neil

CHUM: Early Childhood Programming at Steve O’Neil

College of St. Scholastica: Shoot for the Stars 2.0: Charting New Trajectories

Damiano of Duluth, Inc.: Summer Food Corps

Duluth Library Foundation: Every Child Ready Duluth (Year 1)

Life House, Inc.: The Futures Program: Education, Employment and Life Skills for Homeless and At-Risk Youth

R.E.A.C.H., Inc.: Development of Group Mentoring Programming Model

Ecolibrium: Outside The Box: Building Youth Futures By Design

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines: Girl Scouts in ACTION Outreach Program

Harbor House Crisis Shelters:  Strategizing for the Future

SOAR Career Solutions:   OYOD Employer-based Transitional Employment Pilot

Welch Center dba Valley Youth Centers:  Recreation the Remedy For Youth Anger & Depression

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland: Character and Citizenship Programming

Local Initiatives Support Corporation Phase II: Building Quality of Life Neighborhoods Phase II

Men As Peacemakers: Girls’ and Boys’ Restorative Program

Mentor North: Mentor North: A new nonprofit

Minnesota Land Trust: Diversity and Inclusion in Minnesota’s Outdoors

University of Minnesota Foundation: Mitigating ACE in the Duluth Central Hillside in Two Generations

YMCA of Duluth: Youth Outdoors Duluth

Many more like these
There are many, many more agencies and nonprofits working to provide opportunities for kids and families in Duluth and Superior.


When we rise for our kids, we all rise. So I promise to:

Recognize the growing gap between those with opportunity and those without

Initiate action to effect change, one life at a time

Share stories and resources with my family, neighbors and community

Empower all kids to have equal opportunities to live up to their potential, independent of place and race

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