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What is MYCL?

The Minnesota Youth Community Learning (MYCL) Initiative is a community engagement collaboration between Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health (University of Minnesota, Medical School) and seven Minnesota communities with a straightforward goal: "Our youth finish school." The collaboration will help reverse an alarming fact: 2,500 high school students leave high school every day in the US.

The collaboration re-engages middle and high school students who are disconnected from learning and school through skill-based mentoring, parental assistance support, fostering school connectedness, and community capacity-building.

The seven MYCL community partners are:
•Cass Lake, Teen Outreach Program
•Faribault, Building on Promise
•Fergus Falls, Stepping Stones
•the Maple River area communities of Amboy, Good Thunder, Mapleton and Minnesota Lake, Connect 4
•McGregor, TEAM-UP
•North Minneapolis' Jordan and Hawthorne neighborhoods, Community Roots Under New Connection
•Worthington, Learning Links

Learn more about the Konopka Institute and MYCL here.


I am glad to see the University engaging commmunities throughout the state of MN. We need to be relevent for businesses and families.

This is the kind of engagement that makes the university relevent to Minnesota-building communities and job opportunities.

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