Photo caption: Raices’ participants and youth program coordinators in a team building summer field trip.

Photo caption: Raices’ participants and youth program coordinators in a team building summer field trip.

Our Mission:

Raíces (“roots”) provides a space for Latine teens to share time with peers in a culturally responsive environment. Raíces youth have a strong sense of self as multicultural, bilingual individuals who think critically and make positive decisions.

Raíces works with Latine youth in grades 6–12 through a broad range of holistic in-school and out-of-school programs emphasizing academic support, personal and cultural identity, health and wellness, and leadership development. The program’s goal is to promote healthy behaviors, strengthen families and support youth to achieve a successful future.

Raíces teens with Latine artists Leilani Mendoza and Andres Guzman, created a community mural in a project sponsored by Friends of the Institute and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. We invite you to watch the video!

News from our Raíces community


On 12/1/2017, youth from the Raíces program presented about their experiences as podcasters at Youthprise’s Spark Summit, an event dedicated to the power of youth digital storytelling. The presentation was entitled “Deepening Our Roots: How to Strengthen the Voices of Community through Podcasts.”

Thanks to Lily Percy for editing this episode!

In this episode, Raices teens talk about the importance of sexual health education.

Bilingual, culturally-centered, evidenced-based sexual health education is an important part of Raices programming. Here youth share what they’ve learned as well as some important information they want others their age to know.

Interview with Artist Gustavo Lira

“Whatever you do, however old you are, no matter what,
never forget your raíces (roots).”
— Raíces Participant

Our Impact

Teens in Raíces report:

  • Having support from adults other than their parents

  • Feeling good about themselves

  • Being eager to do well in school and other activities


Natty Bibiana Hels
Youth Programs Administrator