Founded in 2008 as a basketball mentorship organization, Ace in the City exists today as a community development organization. As we continue to listen to and learn from our neighbors, we seek to steward our resources to create community and cultivate belonging. Since launching, Ace has strategically invested substantial time and resources within two beautiful pockets of our world: the Powderhorn neighborhood of South Minneapolis and Emmanuel Children's Home in Juarez, Mexico. We call these places home. But belonging is cultivated as our definition of home grows and our experience of family multiplies. As we look ahead, and as we continue to pursue our vision, we anticipate finding homes in new neighborhoods, investing in more pockets and in more places.
In 2020, this will include our biggest endeavor yet-the Center of Belonging. Ace in the City has the imagination to dream what could be with a little creativity, collaboration and investment of time and resources because empty space serves no one well. What once was empty will soon be maximized for the common good of our neighborhood. This project finds us renovating over 7,500 square feet of unused church space in the South Uptown neighborhood, converting it into a collaborative community center (including a dignified food market, mobile medical/dental services, job training, mental health support, and youth development).
We believe our best work is done through partnerships. This is reflected in the Center of Belonging (which will include partnerships with Wayside Recovery, Emerge Mothers Academy, Rooted Green Wellness, and others), and in the programming we offer in one of our neighborhood schools. Our before school programming has invited the amazing work of other organizations like Inverted Arts, CreateMPLS and Urban Ventures.
Throughout the school year, Ace provides before and after school programming for youth and families in south Minneapolis. These programs are directed by staff, but the secret that makes it all work is our incredible volunteers who build relationships with the youth and their families. If you have a heart for working with kids and have availability either before school (any day, Monday through Friday, from 8-9:30am) or after school (Mondays or Wednesdays, from 5:30-7pm), please contact Bekah Simpson, our program director, at email@example.com.