We all have this incredible opportunity to use our imperfect gifts, dirty our hands, ask beautiful questions, and listen intently to hard answers. We all have this invitation to life off the main highway, into the nooks and corners of homes and neighborhoods—into places we’ve never been, to see things we’ve never seen. Ace in the City has been dirtying our hands, asking big and beautiful questions, and listening to the answers for almost ten years. It has brought us to some of the most beautiful and sacred spaces.
Our programs seek to address real and relevant issues in our neighborhood. While our community changes, however, we never waver on our integrity and identity in focusing on people over programs, quality over quantity, and relationships first. We believe relationships are the foundation on which communities are built and see our programs as the avenue through which we cultivate belonging.
You don’t have to look very far to see brokenness and despair. Spend one day with our kids, however, and you’ll see all the reasons we have hope. And hope is contagious.
Ace in the City does not shy away from the things that tear down and destroy. We’re engaged and empowered to address them head on. Violence, poor graduation rates, fatherlessness – these are but a few of the realities in our South Minneapolis community.
We believe communities are built and strengthened through authentic relationships; of being consistent and committed; and connected with individuals, particularly with youth.
Ace in the City places an intentionally emphasized effort investing in our youth.
Our literacy-infused elementary programming is for students kindergarten through 5th grade. Together with volunteers, we focus on shaping time that equips and empowers youth to grow stronger as readers and leaders in our community and beyond.
Students in 6th through 8th grade need a safe space to simply be themselves. Our Middle School programming encourages positive self-identity, building good friendships and maturing into stronger leaders for change.
Our High School programming builds space for our students to dive deeper into relationships and the issues relevant to them, culminating with a cross-cultural trip every summer to Juarez, Mexico.
Become a Volunteer
Without the time and talents of our volunteers, connectedness and belonging would not be possible. We have opportunities throughout the school year, as well as summer programming that invites you into the lives of those in our community! Connect with us here.
“We all have this incredible invitation to life off the main highway and into nooks and corners of homes and neighborhoods—into places we’ve never been, to see things we’ve never seen. Join us.”
We believe that authentic community requires collaboration. We seek to build stronger support networks inside the home and out.
We believe that authentic community empowers those within it. We seek to equip individuals to lead, learn, and grow in maturity and confidence.
We believe that authentic community maintains its identity. Within the threads of our programs, we build structures and systems that celebrate uniqueness and applaud personal growth and achievement.
We believe that authentic community breaks down walls. We pursue with passion, programs that combat youth and domestic violence, restore family ties, promote excellence in the classroom, and prepare for a successful tomorrow.
Our Juntos program coordinates frequent community gatherings, events, and support services aimed to provide opportunities where families can be uplifted, can connect with each other, and intersect with other families. Within that framework, our hope is that these spaces encourages belonging within our neighborhood.
Getting your students ready for the school year can be overwhelming… and expensive. Our Back2School Bash works to relieve the pressure of school preparation through the dignified selling of quality backpacks and supplies, complimented with all the fun fixings of giant inflatables, games, food, and haircuts. Watch video here.
In partnership with Sheridan Story, our weekend meal distribution program at Folwell School addresses a huge need in our community, food insecurity. The issues surrounding this reality are evident and we strive to sponsor more students through simple acts of discreetly setting food packs in lockers every Friday.
“The foundation of belonging is joy and joy builds no walls; it has no boundaries and knows no borders. ”
Belonging is not found in keeping our borders, only in crossing them. It happens as we realize our need for each other, through relationship, and as we look beyond ourselves to see the beauty in our neighbor.
Some coin it “short-term mission trips”. We like to call it launching pads for life-giving, Spirit-infused, lifestyles. There’s nothing short-term about it, because the impacts can be eternal.
Through our Ace | Abroad program, Ace in the City leads weeklong trips throughout the year to our partnered children’s home, Emmanuel Kingdom Ministries, in Juarez, Mexico. We believe travel is transformational. Crossing borders and experiencing new cultures broadens perspectives and challenges us to live with greater purpose and intentionality.
July 14 – 21, 2018
Every summer, we lead a weeklong trip filled with lots of sunshine, smiles, and fun! Our time together centers on loving kids: mornings consist of structured outside activities; we then escape the afternoon heat and hang out inside engaging in worship, arts, or even a movie matinee. Other highlights are waterpark adventures, carnivals, piñatas and more! Download the application here.
December 7 – 12, 2017
Every December, we lead a special holiday trip to the home, celebrating Christmas alongside the kids of Emmanuel Kingdom Ministries. We’ll be joining in on all the fun things already going on, with Christmas festivities planned throughout the trip, as we await in anticipation the gift of the season. Download our Christmas application here.
“We never waver on our integrity and identity in focusing on people over programs, quality over quantity and relationships first. ”