Education Programs & Policy

The Urban League Twin Cities works to support students and the parents who support them on their education journey. We offer classes and training opportunities to help elementary through high school students become ready, prepared and excited for their future. And we know some parents might need tools and resources to support their students, so we provide a program for parents as well.


Minnesota Equity in Action Framework, a publication that promotes equitable power relationships for education excellence




The Minnesota Equity in Action Framework is the work of the members of the Minnesota Every Student Succeeds Act Equity Leadership Learning Community. The primary authors are Macarre Traynham, Director of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center, Minnesota Department of Education, Marquita Stephens, Vice-President, Strategic Engagement and Chief Strategy Officer, Urban League Twin Cities, and Kandace Logan, Executive Director of Equity and Integration, Minneapolis Public Schools. Collectively, the authors bring over 60 years of experience in education as school leaders and classroom teachers, with expertise in policy development, community engagement, coaching and non-profit management. The inclusion of parent/family, student and system voices was critical in the development of this framework and we are grateful for their partnership.


It is our hope that stronger bonds between schools and communities will be built through shared power and partnership that promote healthy and dynamic outcomes for all our children.

This project is supported by a joint initiative between the National Urban League, the Council of Great City Schools, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and funded by The Wallace Foundation.

Project Ready BLACK GEMS


Are you a high school student interested in building skills for success in high school, college and beyond? If so, Project Ready BLACK GEMS is for you. This program helps prepare 9-12 grade students for the college experience. We integrate academic skill building with life-skill development and college culture awareness. Students also are paired with a mentor in their senior year who will help them through their freshman year of college.

Black Gems offers students:

  • Basic academic support in math, reading, and writing
  • Financial literacy and computer training in Microsoft Suite
  • Social and emotional learning covering topics such as peer pressure, developing a support system and coping through transitions
  • Help with the college application and admission process and scholarships searches

When: Two times per week from January to April. This includes a free in-state college tour and a fee-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) tour.

Where: Urban League Twin Cities, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411

Request more information or sign up.

For additional questions, contact Marquita Stephens at 612-302-3114 or

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