For many students in the Twin Cities, the inevitable countdown to the first day of school has begun. While kids and parents are purchasing new pencils, wide ruled spiral notebooks, and the infamous box of Kleenex, there is another group of people who are preparing for quite a celebration. ACES4Kids, a tutoring and mentoring program serving low-income schools in the Twin Cities, is preparing for their 20th birthday party. What started out in one classroom with 13 students has grown to 10 sites with over 600 students. But the success doesn’t stop there…ACES is getting recognized!
In 2015, ACES was awarded the Social Innovation Fund grant, given out to organizations who demonstrate intentionally developed, innovative ideas to address community challenges. ACES is also honored to be part of a select group of organizations chosen by the United Way as part of their $40 Million Dollar Investment in Education as they seek to enhance comprehensive approaches to point students in the Twin Cities area towards success in school, work, and life.
To celebrate, ACES will be hosting their 10th Annual All-Star Evening on August 6th, 2015 from 6-8:00pm in the DQ Club Room at TCF Stadium. There will be fun games, great food, and plenty of opportunities to get a photo with your favorite Minnesota sports mascot. As Kevin Smith, Corporate Communications and Broadcasting Director for the Minnesota Twins puts it, “ACES is a grassroots nonprofit that really puts the funding and energy right back into the schools.”
Registration for the All-Star Evening is located here.