Due to COVID-19: WE WIN will cease youth programming as of March 16, 2020.

Our plans to resume programming are put on hold at the moment during this pandemic. We are working with both our public school and charter school partners to develop a plan to support youth during and after the closure. We will keep the public updated on those plans. In the meantime, our offices are open to essential staff, so we are available to support youth and families as needed!


As you may know most of the kids we serve are low-income without access to the internet or computers outside of their cell phone, so we are working to coordinate with other programs to help them out! If you all have any unused computers (laptop or desktop) it could make the difference for our youth during this time. Also, with food, we are referring parents to MPS food distribution sites, but if you have or know of any resources we can pass along to families, please let us know! The Racial Justice Network is working with us as well to help fill those gaps so kids are not harshly impacted by the closures.


For more information on resources for youth and families please visit our community partner, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board’s, Website

About COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness along with:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

Per the Minnesota Department of Health, it is recommended to take the same precautions for avoiding colds and flu to protect yourself from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Cover your cough


For more information about this pandemic please visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html


​TO WE WIN Institute, Inc.

"Dedicated to the Academic &

Social Success of All Children."

Since 1995

Over 5,000 youth served
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A review of the 2013 One Minneapolis Community Indicators Report shows:

  • 47% of African American, 3rd graders (proficient in English) were proficient in reading in 2012; compared to 91% of white 3rd graders.

  • 71% of black ELL students live in poverty, compared to 5% of white students.

  • 94% of all Minneapolis children living in poverty are of color.

  • Only 16% of American Indian 5th graders met or exceeded math standards in 2012.

  • 34% of Hispanic youth graduate on time compared to 67% of white students


There is solid evidence that low-income children of color enter kindergarten at a significant disadvantage relative to higher income children. Given this initial disparity, if these children progress through school at the same rate as other students, they will lose ground or never catch up.


Thus, ordinary measures are likely to fall short, and extraordinary measures are called for. 


WE WIN is that extraordinary measure!



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Women of Distinction is a program for teenage girls to mentor each other and build positive relationships. W.O.D. provides a safe space for young women to share livelihood planning, learn entrepreneurial skills, go on outings, take college tours together, and much more..

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Men of Distinction Akoko Nan is designed to assist boys ages 8-12 in developing manhood skills, learning about and easing cultural trauma, and developing resiliency in face of systemic and social trauma. Through Circle, drumming, field trips, bonding activities, community service, art projects and journaling, youth develop strong relationships with responsible Black men and with each other.


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Parents Make the Academic Difference (PMAD) works to empower parents of color by equipping them with tools to effectively advocate for their children, academically and socially. The project is designed to advance racial equity in education through increased engagement in policy development and on policy boards that support positive outcomes for youth of color.


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Minneapolis, MN 55407






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