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.

Minnesota Equity in Action Framework


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


Educating our children is shared work.  This framework outlines ways to forge equal partnerships.


Download the full publication here.

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.

BLACK GEMS -College & Career Readiness: Preparing a New Generation For Success


 Black Gems Program is Now In Session.  Our sessions meet on Thursday evenings, 4-6pm, at 2100 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis.  Please contact Marquita Stephens at for more information.


* Please remember to bring proof of vaccinations.

Are you a high school student interested in building skills for success in high school, college and beyond? If so, 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. Seniors are also paired with a mentor who will help them through their freshman year of college.


Black Gems offers students:

  • Life skills training
  • Basic academic support in math, reading, and writing
  • Money management and an investment club
  • Computer training in Microsoft Suite with option for certification for those who qualify
  • 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 scholarship tips


When:  Thursdays, from 4:00-6:00 pm beginning September 29, 2022 thru April 27th, 2023.  Saturday computer classes currently in development.

Where:  Urban League Twin Cities, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North – Minneapolis, MN  55411  (Fully vaccinated students can meet in person.  All others will meet virtually.)


The annual fee-based tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be based on the status of the pandemic.


Enroll in Black Gems


For additional information, contact Marquita Stephens, Director, Strategic Initiatives at 612-302-3114 or





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