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Ace In The City

Creating Belonging

Safe spaces are rare to come by these days. They are sacred, and they do not happen unintentionally.  Our vision of belonging is guided and sustained through the following values:

Humility: We ask questions and listen first, always looking to collaborate alongside others.

Generosity: We are good stewards with what God has given us, believing through simple living and lavish giving things work to be made right.

Dignity:  We affirm the worth of all people, believing we all have something to offer and something to receive.

Presence: We place people over programs, believing healthy relationships are best created and sustained through consistency.

Delight: We find joy in laughing together, believing playfulness, curiosity, and fun are things we should never outgrow.

“Nothing in life is more powerful than the interwoven strength found in an "us."”

Minneapolis, MN

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 families.

With education.

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.

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“Belonging is not found in keeping our borders, only in crossing them. Belonging is cultivated as we look beyond ourselves to see the beauty in our neighbor.”

Juárez, Mexico

Ace in the City has an established partnership with Emmanuel Kingdom Ministries, a children’s home in Juarez, Mexico. This city is significantly corrupted by poverty, devastation, drug trafficking, and violent crime. Over the course of our trips to the home every year, we find ourselves putting on basketball clinics (quickly evolving into soccer!), helping in the classroom, serving the staff tangibly with projects around the home, and giving the gift of presence to the amazing kids there!

And the impact is mutually experienced.

We place an equal emphasis on those serving as we do the ones being served—believing wholeheartedly that God can multiply ministry even after one week of being challenged and stretched in a place outside our comfort zone. We believe we are pursuing a more fruitful model of short-term missions where impact is mutual, established through relationship and partnership. Learn more of our philosophy and abroad opportunities here.

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We Need Your Help

We are a ministry fueled by the generosity of our supporters and volunteers. Your prayerful and financial support make this ministry what it is, and we need your continued prayers and financial support as we seek to serve more kids and families in deeper capacities over the next year. Long-term and consistent gifts bless our kids and our programs in very specific ways—donations of any amount go a long way in helping us carry out our mission.

  • $50

    Purchases one week of literacy curriculum


    Covers one week of After School materials


    Covers the food for one of our community get-togethers

  • $130

    Sponsors one child for an entire year in our weekend meals ministry


    Covers one month of facility rental fees


    Covers one month of facility rental fees

    for one day of Ace Hoops programming.

Come walk with us, become a volunteer

Giving of your time and talents to Ace in the City is an expression of the same hope that perpetuates us organizationally. If you would like to come walk with us, become a volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities