A project of DINOMIGHTS
World Wise includes Community Wise. Come enjoy a day of golf, and get behind a great cause which makes a local impact.
Thanks MSSB for your support on the 2011 Golf Outing. We are very grateful to be a part of the outing again in 2012!
MISSION AND HISTORY
DinoMights began in 1995 as a collaborative effort with the Minneapolis Park Board and the Park Avenue Foundation Computer Learning Center. DinoMights’ mission is “to equip our urban youth to develop physical, academic, social and spiritual excellence.” The philosophy of DinoMights is centered on whole life impact and long-term relationships with diverse youth possessing significant unmet needs in the Central, Powderhorn, and Phillips neighborhoods of South Minneapolis. This innovative approach engages students in the community from their early childhood/elementary years through high school graduation, and provides them with the opportunities they need to become self-assured, competent adults. Using hockey as an incentive, DinoMights provides academic tutoring, mentoring, computer instruction, studies, camping, community service, and various other faith based activities that help fulfill the mission.
The impact of DinoMights is best described in the students' own words. Xavier, a Junior at Hamline University, sums up the program’s impact on his life this way, “I used to be one of the ‘baddest’ kids when I started this program . . . But that [DinoMights] taught me how to change my attitude and become a better person.” Many Minneapolis adolescents, like Xavier, have been touched by this innovative approach.
DinoMights participants . . .
• Show above average participation in high school sports
• Are 40% more likely to graduate than typical Minneapolis Public Schools Students
• Care about the community. We now have 8 staff members that are former students! 10% of DinoMights volunteers are former students.
• Have a knowledge of their God given worth and abilities.
Hockey is a great way for urban youth to be equipped to develop physical excellence. About 35 DinoMights have gone on to play high school hockey. More importantly, students build self-confidence. One seven year old girl explained the impact of hockey this way, "I feel proud, because people tell me I do good."
The graduation rate of Dino participants is 85% compared to 44% for Minneapolis public schools (One Minneapolis Report, Minneapolis Foundation 2011). In fact, in 2011 100% of DinoMights participants reaching graduation age successfully completed High School. DinoMights are equipped to develop academic excellence mainly through academic tutoring. In addition, participants have opportunities to learn web design and technology.
One of the most common things that the students say about DinoMights is that it helped them make friends. What is really incredible is that they make friends across ethnic and economic boundaries that usually keep people from being friends. The team environment provides mentor relationships with coaches, and a positive place to learn how to interact with peers in a diverse setting. Each spring DinoMights serve their community by teaching First Graders at Richard Green Elementary School and Andersen School how to skate in the Learn 2 Skate program. This year a groups from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney came to help out with Learn 2 Skate!
No student is forced into spiritual activities, however many will say that getting to know Jesus is the most important thing about being a DinoMight. DinoMights uses a unique approach that is founded on mentoring relationships. Staff, coaches, and tutors all seek to share the love of God with DinoMights by actively loving them. Good News to urban youth is the opportunity to participate in a positive activity that can truly be a family for them. It is in this environment that they can come to know the great love of God.