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Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

Putting children on the education pathway to college and career success

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood is an education partnership that puts children in the Frogtown, Rondo, and Summit-University neighborhoods of Saint Paul on the pathway to college and career success. Housed at Wilder, Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) takes a proactive and preventive approach to the education opportunity gap by focusing early in a child’s life.


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SPPN is a neighborhood-based initiative

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood is a neighborhood-based initiative that encompasses 250 city blocks. SPPN serves families who have children in 16 early learning centers and 4 elementary schools in the Frogtown, Rondo, and Summit-University neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Using a collective ownership model, SPPN involves a coordinated effort of ten anchor partners and more than 80 other agencies, along with elders, parents and youth.

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SPPN addresses tough issues facing our community

The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood addresses tough issues facing our community, including the education opportunity gap, public disinvestment, multi-generational poverty, and other factors that influence individual and community success. With our community partners, we focus on changing the odds for a whole neighborhood of children and their families using a culturally-responsive, two-generation approach.

Download our 2017 Impact to see what we accomplished with parents and partners including academic and family wrap-around supports.

Students in HKYP, a literacy program in the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
Students at Maxfield Elementary, a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood school

You Can Support Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Too

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood is committed to supporting the needs of children and families within the 250 blocks of the Rondo, Summit-University and Frogtown neighborhoods. We strive to understand the challenges and needs that families experience and build capacity and partnerships to break down these barriers. Your contribution helps us quickly activate resources, whether social, financial or otherwise, where the need is most critical.

People's Fellowship for African American Families

The People's Fellowship is an 6-month journey for fellows to build for themselves, family and community. The People's Fellowship is for African American families guided by the Nguzo Saba principles, Self-Determination (Kujichagulia) and Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa). This is a perfect opportunity for families to learn how to boost income while being set on the pathway to building wealth and assets for the future with culture at the center. Application deadline is October 16, 2020.

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Barbara Lewis, former participant in Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Rental Assistance Program

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