What We Do
To create 15 community-centered houses throughout North Minneapolis that are safe places for children and youth in grades 1-12 to learn about and experience Jesus, grow in relationships, learn life skills, have fun, and impact their communities.
- Sharing Jesus
- Building Relationships
- Developing and Investing in the North Minneapolis Community
- Life Skill Development
- Creating a safe space ‐ physically, mentally, spiritually
Antioch started as a mere idea focused on the desire for kids and volunteers to know more about God. The caring adults at Antioch continue to foster an environment for youth in the neighborhood to follow their passions and transform their communities. We believe the 3 keys to ensuring this environment is maintained and the empowerment of our youth is accomplished is through the following:
1. Spiritual Formation
2. Life Skill Development
3. Leadership Opportunities
When people come together to support youth in these areas, trusting relationships begin to develop. When we start to trust one another, we will be able to provide support for the youth in our community and encourage the kids, showing them that God has a specific purpose for them.
We have weekly programs that give youth in grades 1-12 a place to grow and be encouraged in what they are doing. We plan to support them in their God-given gifts, provide a place for food and fun, and help them navigate life and school. Parents, neighbors, and caring adults will help provide this support.
Our current programs include weekly gatherings on Monday and Wednesday night at 1415 Oliver Ave. N from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Monday and Wednesday Night at Antioch
Here is an example of what a night looks like. We will use the Oliver House Wednesday Night time slot for this example:
6:30pm-6:45pm Opening Announcements and Prayer
7:10pm- 7:35pm Bible Lesson/Resotrative Circles
7:35pm-7:55pm Homework Help
7:55pm-8:15pm Games and Recreation
8:15pm-8:30pm Closing Announcements and Prize Raffle
Kids from the community walk over to the designated house each Wednesday and Thursday to attend the programs. Most of the children hear about us by word of mouth.
Volunteers work with the same group of kids each week to help foster relationship-building. To apply to volunteer with our Wednesday and Thursday night program, check out our volunteer page here: Volunteer
This weekly program ends up producing trusting relationships in the neighborhood and gives opportunities for kids, parents, and neighbors to come together in their neighborhood, whether that is at Antioch or outside of Antioch.
Both the Fremont and Oliver location end up being a place where youth come on days of the week when there isn’t programming. They come to hang out, talk, receive homework help, or just be encouraged. We plan to continue to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:39).
Why We Do It
At Antioch we believe that youth are the catalysts of change in their communities, and it is essential that supportive adults surround them as they develop into leaders. The bottom line of Antioch is to be a good neighbor to the young people surrounding our Antioch homes.
Children in the Zone experience stark educational disparities. Minnesota’s achievement gap ranks among the worst in the nation and the negative indicators that produce this gap are most pronounced on Minneapolis’s Northside.
- Only 29% of entering kindergartners living in and near the Zone are ready to learn.
- Just 37% of African American youth graduate on time from Minneapolis Public Schools.
- 16% of African American youth graduate ready for college and 13% of those who attend a public university graduate in 4 years.
The Northside is a small geographic area, but accounts for the majority of the city’s crime. It is not uncommon for bullets to pierce the homes of NAZ staff and enrolled families, nor is it uncommon that young Northside children have been shot recently.
A variety of challenging family factors are experienced by the more than 5,500 children living in the Zone—including physical and behavioral health, stability and safety of housing, and economic and financial well-being.
- The median household income for NAZ families is just $18,000.
- Single-parent families represent 51% of Northside households.
- Twenty-five percent of Zone students are homeless or highly mobile.
*Overcoming obstacles statistics and information attributed to Northside Achievement Zone in North Minneapolis