Minneapolis is one of the most diverse cities in the United States—culturally, socioeconomically, ethnically… The Minneapolis mosaic makes for the most beautiful of places, but with it also arises complex and deeply-rooted issues. Our Powderhorn Park neighborhood of South Minneapolis faces quite a few of these dynamics—generational poverty, illiteracy, low graduation rates, and unemployment to name a few. We believe that impact and change first requires consistency. It necessitates humility, of listening first and often, and walking with our youth and families in good times and bad.
In 2008, the vision for Ace in the City began taking shape, with a steady pulse on how Ace’s heart for youth would unfold. Then in the summer of 2010, it became real with a free overnight basketball camp for kids from South Minneapolis. Shortly after, we launched our Ace | Hoops Saturday basketball program in partnership with Powderhorn Park Rec Center! It was a huge success, but we soon realized that in order to create long-lasting impact, we needed to expand the scope of our investment.
With youth leadership.
With spiritual growth and discipleship.
Today, Ace in the City is a community development organization with a vision of cultivating safe spaces through relationships. While we find ourselves investing in issues of literacy, food security, mentoring, education, and neighborhood engagement, they all lead to one place—a community where our kids and families are cared for and known by name. It leads to a place where dignity is affirmed regardless of your ethnicity, gender, religion, or socioeconomic status, and most importantly, where belonging abounds.