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 listening often, and walking with our youth and families in good times and bad.
In the summer of 2010, Ace in the City’s vision launched with a heart for youth. It began 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 focusing specifically on literacy, mentoring, education and neighborhood engagement.Grassroots and growing organically, we’re excited about the vision God has given us: a vision where our kids are cared for and known by name, our teens are graduating and ready for what’s next, our families are strong and deeply connected–all under the banner of collaboration and partnership. We understand we’re just one part of a bigger body with a similar vision, but we are nonetheless excited to play our role in God’s bigger story of making all things new. We believe we can do more together!