Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area

The Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji is a youth development agency that serves underprivileged children between the ages of 6 and 18 in the community. The Club makes a substantial impact on the community as it serves approximately 600 members annually. Their mission is to enhance the lives of kids in the area, while providing them both safety and hope. The Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji will utilize the grant funds for books, games and the promotion of high quality financial literacy.

The Cookie Cart

Cookie Cart is a non-profit organization that provides low-income teenagers between the ages of 15 to 18 with training to work in a non-profit bakery. This program provides participants with both leadership and life skills they may never have the opportunity to receive. Prior to working in the bakery, the teenage participants must first attend financial literacy training classes, and the Foundation grant dollars will support the sessions.

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)

CLUES is a non-profit organization that provides skills and resources to Latinos in Minnesota. Their mission is to advance the capacity of these families and help them become prosperous and engaged in their communities. They want each and every person to have the opportunity to strive. The organization will use the grant to support bilingual financial education through their empowering

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest is a non-profit organization that plans to use the grant to serve over 161,000 students between kindergarten and 12th grade by providing lessons on financial literacy through schools. The program would also use the money towards preparing students for college and their future careers. JAUM understands the importance of youth learning personal finance and success skills throughout their academic career.

Minnesota BestPrep

BestPrep is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to prepare students with business, career, and financial education through hands on experience rather than learning in a classroom. Their programming involves students in grades 4 through 12 and engages them in activities that educate them about the importance of their futures. BestPrep will utilize the grant dollars to support financial education outreach and the Minnesota Business Venture Week program.

Prepare + Prosper

Prepare + Prosper is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the financial capability of low-income residents in the Twin Cities. P+P has a specific program referred to as “Money Mentors,” which coaches participants to strive to be the best they can be financially. The program has shown to substantially increase the number of low-income residents who have opened saving accounts. Money Mentors gives hope to these individuals that they can strive financially in the future. The Affinity Plus Foundation grant dollars will support the outcomes of the Money Mentors program.

Three Rivers Community Action, Inc.

Three Rivers Community Action is a human service organization serving primarily low-income families through a variety of free and low-cost programs. Emergency services, transportation assistance, and educational programming are just a few of the offerings from Three Rivers for individuals and families in southeastern Minnesota. Grant dollars will support financial literacy classes and a first-time homebuyer’s program.

The Minnesota Council on Economic Education

The Minnesota Council on Economic Education engages teachers, students and communities in gaining a greater understanding of today’s economy. Hosting events such as the Personal Finance Decathlon and the Personal Finance Summer Institute brings financial education to classrooms and individuals across the state. Funding from this year’s grant will support the Summer Institute where Minnesota high school students learn about preparing for higher education, paying for college, handling debt, and understanding credit from industry professionals. Priority acceptance is given to those who are first generation college-bound, are economically disadvantaged, or students of color.

Cultivator Grant Recipients 2017

Anne Barnes, Roseville Area High School

Daniel Moddes, Pequot Lakes High School

Darci Cyr, Apple Valley Middle School

Joanna O’Neil, Pequot Lakes High School

Kari Dorn, Battle Lake High School

Kate Hedlund, Roseau Community Schools

Maree George, John Glenn Middle School

Mike Kaluza, Little Falls Community High School

Molly Burnham, Maranatha Christian Academy

Rick Bouwens, Chisago Lakes Senior High School

Sally Adams, St. Louis Park High School
Teri Larson, Aitkin High School