Community Partners


Parents In Community Action, Inc. (PICA) is a private, non-profit agency designated by the federal government to operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The agency was founded in 1969 by Head Start parents. Today PICA serves nearly 2,500 children and families and offers a variety of programs and services for children and families in addition to Head Start and Early Head Start.

Parents In Community Action, Inc. Head Start
700 Humboldt Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411


The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Founded in 1913, the Saint Paul branch serves all individuals who may experience discrimination based on race, gender, religion, age, disability or culture. We welcome members of all races who would like to help make our city and state a more tolerant, equitable and just community for all.

St. Paul NAACP
375 Oxford St. North
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Mano a Mano

Mano a Mano has been guided by the simple yet powerful premise that groups of committed volunteers can reach across national boundaries to make a dramatic difference in the lives of others. The power of this premise has been demonstrated by the extent to which the organization’s scope and accomplishments have in such a short time expanded to exceed even our most ambitious dreams.

Mano a Mano
774 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Head Start

In 1987 Minnesota Head Start grantees established the Minnesota Head Start Association (MHSA) with the mission to empower themselves as a united voice in speaking and acting on issues affecting low-income children and families. The Association’s second mission is to improve Head Start programs and policies by conducting itself as an informed, respectful, and representative organization.

Minnesota Head Start Association
904 Valley Dr
Duluth, MN 55804


The Center for Multicultural Mediation and Restorative Justice (CMMRJ) aims to strengthen family and social structures necessary for the success of community, families and individuals by providing culturally competent and linguistically appropriate mediation and restorative justice services to East African immigrants, refugee populations, and the mainstream service providers that serve them. CMMRJ’s vision is that of a strong multicultural community that welcomes and embraces all people and promotes full citizenship with an inclusive, participatory and effective justice system.

The Center for Multicultural Mediation and Restorative Justice
2400 Minnehaha Ave., Suite 202
Minneapolis, MN 55404