Macalester Field Trip Fun!

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On Saturday, ACES students in grades 4-6 attended the KidsJudge! event at Macalester College. ACES students became the judges for the day, evaluating the college students presentations of topics relating to the brain, senses, and nervous system. Students were split up into small groups and rotated to different stations.

The 6 different presentations that the students evaluated were: You & Eye, AMPA it up, Sunny Sound Up, We're all Ears, Memory Masters and Lights, Camera, Action Potential. STudents put in their ballot at the end and chose Memory Masters as the winners of KidsJudge! 2015.

A big thank you to Macalester College for hosting such a fun event!

It's Here: Give to the Max Day 2015

ACES Friends! It's that time once again... Give to the Max Day is almost here and ACES is excited to announce that we will have a donor match this year. 

  • If ACES receives $7500 in donations, it will be matched dollar for dollar for a total of $15,000.
  • If we receive $10,000 in donations, our donors have committed to doubling the pledges and will provide matching funds at $20,000, for a total of $30,000. 

Remember, it takes $1,600.00 to tutor one student for a full year. A donation from you has a huge impact on a kid who needs it now so they can become a doctor, nurse, police officer, or teacher in the future.

Help us reach our goal by donating now!

ACES Website Gets a Facelift

With the start of the new academic year, we thought it was the perfect time to give a new look to our website, and more importantly, find a way to tell more of the ACES story to our supporters. 

We hope you like the new design as much as we do and if you have suggestions or feedback, send it our way! I'll be working with the program staff and volunteers to update you on all things ACES through this site and will make sure and post about the small victories we see amongst our students each week.

Thank you for being an ACES champion and friend. We are so grateful for your support!


MN Twins Alum Joins ACES Team

We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan Turner, (JT to those who know him) to our staff as ACES Outreach Coordinator. A native of Los Angeles, JT comes to us most recently from the Minnesota Twins, but he also worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In addition to his experience in the pro sports industry here in town, JT brings a passion to help others to the ACES team. We love that he shares our belief that every student has the full potential to do anything they set their mind to!

JT graduated from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Public Relations. In addition to his work managing volunteer recruitment and outreach, JT will also play a lead role in the partnerships with the professional sports teams. 

ACES Welcomes New Education Director

I'm so pleased to announce that Zong Vang will officially join ACES tomorrow as the new Educational Program Director. In her role, Zong will be responsible for the overall leadership and operations for ACES programming. 

Zong comes to ACES after more than 9 years of experience as a Director for the Community Education Programs in St. Paul. She holds a B.A. in Secondary Education Social Studies with a minor in Special Education from Concordia University in St. Paul. She resides in Woodbury, MN with her husband and two sons.

Zong's two business-minded sons celebrating the final days of summer with a lemonade stand.

Zong's two business-minded sons celebrating the final days of summer with a lemonade stand.

Highlights from 2015

ACES Expands to the Boys & Girls Clubs

This fall ACES expanded programming at the clubs in St. Paul to include after-school tutoring and mentoring during the school year as well as the summer break. The partnership allowed ACES to serve an additional 200 kids.

SIF Renews ACES Partnership

St. Paul Public School's Social Innovation Fund (SIF) approved a second grant to ACES for a two-year term from 2015-2017. The fund, which promotes quality youth development programming and innovative ideas to address community challenges, issued the initial grant to ACES in 2013.

United Way Awards Grant to ACES

ACES was selected to receive a Helping Children Succeed Grant, which is part of the United Way's $40 million investment in education. The grant is designed to support approaches which forward student success in school, work and life.