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This semester, Minnetonka Vantage students are partnering with Avalon Charter School students to develop a youth engagement project that we can take out to elementary schools and complete with students. Minnetonka Vantage is program where high school students partner with businesses to complete real life business projects. Avalon is a project-based charter school in Saint Paul; the project based learning style empowers students, teaches time-management, and gives the students freedom to work on something they are passionate about. This is the first project that Minnetonka and Avalon have partnered together on.

By Allie Berg
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

‘Tis the season for shopping, spending time with friends and family, traveling, cleaning, decorating and … baking! With the busyness of the holidays, it’s hard to squeeze in everything and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
One middle school group in Hosanna! Lutheran Church’s Student Ministries in Lakeville, MN found a way to combine spending time together with giving back to their community! Powerlife Group 212 chose to spend their annual holiday party this year in service: by writing cards to men and women in the United States Military and by baking and decorating cookies for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers.

The level of civic engagement among students and faculty on the Macalester College campus in Saint Paul is a point of pride.

At Macalester this quality is highly valued, incorporated into learning experiences, and encouraged in student organizations.

The Macalester College Habitat for Humanity chapter is a shining example of this dedication to civic engagement.

“We’re home!” 10-year-old Nadine and her 3-year-old sister Nama shout as they pull up to their Habitat home in Brooklyn Park. Their mother, Rosemary, smiles at the girls’ excitement – even after several months in the home. Their journey to homeownership covered 8,600 miles and almost five years – so the joy is understandable. 

At the Habitat Campus Kickoff Monday night, officers from the Habitat for Humanity chapters at Twin Cities colleges and universities gathered to discuss the upcoming school year.

During the meeting, Twin Cities Habitat got a preview of the exciting plans these chapters already have for the fall semester. 

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity offers ways for passionate volunteers of all ages to make a difference in the lives of Twin Cities families. While youth can volunteer at the ReStore, on landscaping projects, as a cookie baker or with the Youth Untied committee, they can also use their entrepreneurial skills to fundraise for Habitat.  

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