US Based Projects
YouthLink, The Peter J. King Family Foundation Youth Link-Youth Opportunity Center
Dedicated June 2019. YouthLink has been connecting homeless young people with a community of resources and support for over 45 years. On any given night in Minnesota, 6,000 young people will experience homelessness. The Peter J. King Family Foundation Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) is a collaboration of agencies all located under one roof, providing services to nearly 2,000 young people annually experiencing homelessness. The YOC partnership breaks down the barriers young people may face in accessing services by providing a direct and immediate connection to a wide variety of opportunities and resources.
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Junior Achievement North, Peter J. King Family Foundation Experiential Learning Lab
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Since 1949, Junior Achievement North has taught children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. The Peter J. King Family Foundation Experiential Learning Lab is located within Junior Achievement’s James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center, which opened in 2019. This “BizTown” Lab is a simulated city where students become adults for a day. Here, they learn what it takes to run a successful business, manage a debit card and checking account, and to work together as a team. Adult volunteers help students make important business and personal financial decisions, developing a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the “real world”.
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Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America: Peter J. King Family Foundation Leadership Center
Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Northern Star Council opened Base Camp in 2010, on the very day that Scouting celebrated its local 100th anniversary. The first of its kind in the BSA, and the first completed reuse of an existing historic structure at the Fort, Base Camp is where Scouting welcomes the entire community. There have been nearly a quarter-million participants in programs there since it opened, and 85% of them are not Scouts. The 1907 Cavalry Drill Hall has now been supplemented by a 40,000 square foot Leadership Center that opened in September 2018. The teambuilding that occurs in the drill hall will be complemented by leadership training for thousands of young people, whether Scouts or not, in the Peter J. King Family Foundation Leadership Center.
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Open Cities Health Center; Peter J. King Family Foundation North End Clinic
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Open Cities Health Center (OCHC) provides culturally competent primary and preventive health care and related services for thousands of children and families from low-income, uninsured, underinsured, immigrant populations, and communities of color across the Twin Cities, especially in Saint Paul. Opened in 2015, the new Peter J. King Family Foundation North End Clinic re-established OCHC’s presence in Saint Paul’s North End neighborhood, increasing its physical presence from 7,500 square feet to 16,000 square feet and positioning it to provide accessible affordable care to thousands more people. With increased capacity, expanded services, and strengthened outreach and education, OCHC will further reduce health disparities in the community and help to stabilize and reinvigorate an economically disadvantaged area of the city.
To learn more about Open Cities Health Center, click here.
180 Degrees; Peter J. King Family Foundation Youth Development Campus
Saint Paul, Minnesota
At the Peter J. King Family Foundation Youth Development Campus, 180 Degrees provides a wide range of culturally sensitive services for youth and families in Saint Paul’s East Side. A first gift supported a major renovation providing expanded and improved space for programming and administration. A second gift helped fund Brittany’s place, a safe and sound shelter for girls, that opened its doors in August 2014.
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Teammates for Kids, Child Life Zone Located at Children’s Hospital
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Opened November, 2014, the Child Life Zone at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus, has been a therapeutic and interactive play space for kids in the hospital. In the Zone, patients and families can escape the everyday realities they face during treatment, be creative, and do what kids do best…BE KIDS! Some of the best medicine any kid can receive doesn't come from a bottle or a needle, but from people sharing their love with them. The King Family’s loving Zone Angel gift will ensure that this Zone continues to be a place for healing, laughing, and learning for generations to come.
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St. David’s Center; A Peter J. King Family Foundation Center for Excellence in Child Development
Opened July 2015. St. David’s Center is an exceptional early education and early intervention center, aimed at improving outcomes for over 2,500 families annually through inclusive classrooms, children’s mental health services, autism treatment and pediatric therapies - all under one roof. In addition, it offers a range of services throughout the Twin Cities in community settings and family homes. The renovation and expansion of its primary facility named St. David’s Center, A Peter J. King Family Foundation Center for Excellence in Child Development, increases their footprint by 6800 sq. ft. and their early intervention impact by 94 percent.
To learn more about St. David’s, please visit: http://www.stdavidscenter.org/
Cookie Cart retail bakery and training facility
Cookie Cart is a youth-centered space in North Minneapolis that provides teens with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training. With the help of the Peter J. King Foundation, in 2014 Cookie Cart completed the first stage of a capacity building initiative with a building renovation. This renovation guarantees that for the next 20 years, Cookie Cart will be a positive environment for teens from Minneapolis’ lowest-income neighborhoods. With its improved physical capacity, 200 teens will complete 30,000 hours of employment and training in 2015. That is double the number who participated in 2010.
To learn more about Cookie Cart, please visit: www.cookiecart.org
YMCA Camp St. Croix; Peter J. King Leadership Center
The Peter J. King Leadership Center is beautifully built on the edge of Camp St. Croix outdoor gathering area. This facility is one of the most treasured conference buildings on the property, providing dedicated space for numerous leadership programs offered at Camp St. Croix. The facility has 8 bedrooms allowing 24 individuals to sleep comfortably within the building. The large gathering room is able to host retreats, conferences and meetings. Other amenities include handicap accessibility, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, outside decks for gathering, and a kitchenette. The Peter J. King Leadership Center at Camp St. Croix is able to serve and meet the needs of a broad range of groups, organizations and schools.
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Neighbors, Inc.; Peter J. King Family Foundation Center for Community Assistance
South Saint Paul, Minnesota
Dedicated in November, 2012. Neighbors, Inc. is a social service agency that began serving the people of northern Dakota County in 1972. Born out of a regional economic crisis, Neighbors began providing food and clothing to families in need of assistance. Today it continues to tend to the basic needs of some 20,000 people every year. In addition, Neighbors offers programs that help older adults and persons with disabilities remain independent and active in their community. Its work is carried out by 1,700 volunteers, supported by a dozen staff members. The move into a much larger building, that allows Neighbors to serve twice as many people on an annual basis, was made possible in large part by a grant from the Peter J. King Family Foundation.
To learn more about Neighbors, Inc., please visit: http://www.neighborsmn.org/
George Latimer Central Library; Peter J. King Welcome Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
This $14.8 million capital campaign is renovating three Saint Paul Public libraries, including the George Latimer Central Library on Rice Park. The Latimer Library offers about 200 family-oriented programs a year (in English and other languages), in addition to many other activities and resources. The Foundation’s support allowed for the renovation of the entry to this historic library, creating the Peter J. King Welcome Center. This bright, new reception area offers individual customer services, along with self check-in/check-out capability, and quick pick-up of materials that are on hold.
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Northwest Youth & Family Services
Northwest Youth & Family Services is a nonprofit mental health and social service agency that helps people develop the skills and fortitude they need to resolve issues today so they can reach their full potential tomorrow. NYFS provides youth development programming, mental health counseling, senior chore services and mental health day treatment services to nearly 4,000 youth, families and adults in the northeast metro area. Their client-centered, family-focused approach supports individualized goals including increased academic achievement, healthy family functioning, successful parenting, gainful employment and long-term economic stability. Through partnership with the Peter J. King Family Foundation NYFS added a 10,000 square foot Discovery Center to its Shoreview location which improved the scope and quality of it's on site programming.
To learn more about Northwest Youth and Family Services, click here.
YMCA Camp St. Croix; The King Leadership Camp
Since 2004, the Peter J. King Family Foundation has partnered with YMCA Camp St. Croix to provide full scholarships to Twin City and surrounding area youth to attend our 3 year King Leadership Camp (KLC) held at YMCA Camp St. Croix. Since inception over 1,000 campers/leaders have attended KLC. KLC campers attend one week of summer overnight camp, then return in the fall and spring for weekend retreats for three consecutive years. This program is designed to prepare middle and high school students to become urban youth leaders through leadership and team building training in an outdoor setting. Youth receive advanced training in leadership, teamwork, conflict resolution, problem solving, self-awareness, service learning and community development.
To learn more about the King Leadership Camp, click here.
Peter J. King Pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Dedicated November 2012. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the country and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospital and multiple clinic locations. Children's service excellence is made possible largely by generous philanthropic support from organizations like the Peter J. King Family Foundation whose $2M investment created the Peter J. King Pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s – St. Paul. This gift transformed Children's emergency care by lowering patient wait times, improving infection control and streamlining service delivery for the more than 40,000 children treated there each year. And, it served as a catalyst for the refresh and redesign of much of the Children’s – St. Paul hospital campus. The Peter J. King Family Foundation’s generosity also sponsored a private patient room for neuroscience patients being treated for epilepsy, brain injuries, concussions and other neurologic challenges, helping to make Children’s – St. Paul the premier place for pediatric neuroscience care in the Upper Midwest.
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United Family Medicine; Peter J. King Family Health Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Opened March 2009. United Family Medicine’s mission is to serve and to teach, providing access to comprehensive primary care, mental/behavioral health and dental services to all persons in the community in order to improve health and well-being, regardless of the ability to pay. As a community clinic, UFM serves approximately 15,000 patients a year and is a health care home for underserved populations within culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods. In March 2009, UFM moved into a new 31,000 square foot state-of-the-art, Silver LEED© certified facility- the first clinic in the state of Minnesota to achieve this status. The new facility, sponsored by Peter J. King Family Foundation, allowed UFM to expand services, meet the health care demands of a growing community and contribute to the vitality of a core neighborhood of Saint Paul.
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The Salvation Army; Peter J. King Family Foundation Worship and Community Center
The Peter J King Family Foundation has been a catalyst in the development of numerous Salvation Army projects for more than two decades, including the Peter J. King Family Foundation Child Development Center in St. Paul, and the Peter J King Family Foundation Community Center in Northeast Minneapolis; two facilities which, thanks to the foundation, make a positive impact to the education and welfare of families living in poverty. The foundation, along with members of the King family, have also been front-runners in innovative philanthropy, leveraging their support through unique matching opportunities in addition to their capital investments. As a result, single parents previously unemployed because they couldn't afford childcare are now working, families living in isolation now find support and purpose, and children are nurtured and educated in safe, loving environments.
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