MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Brooklyn Park after school program for teens — recently honored by the White House for its good work — is now fighting for survival.
The A-List opened last year and it offers north metro teens help with homework and arts programming. The teens also run the snack bar and a screen printing business.
Last month, the White House recognized the A-List as a top youth-led organization. But now, the board says key funding fell through and it needs to raise $100,000 by June to keep the A-List’s doors open.
Jeanne McMahon, the A-List’s manager, said the program offers services to a high school community that has none.
“Brooklyn Park doesn’t have any homeless shelters for teens,” she said.
She said that Brooklyn Park has the highest pregnancy rate in the nation along with the highest STD rate.
“We are a facility that reaches out to our teens,” she said.
You can help the A-List by attending a benefit concert Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Anwatin Middle School. The concert will feature singer Allison Scott, the hip-hop group Zulu Nation and A-List teens will perform their own music.