Fighting the Gap in Minnesota

Last week NYLC participated in the Generation Next Stakeholders Event at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minn. Generation Next is a broad partnership of organizations and leaders from across Minneapolis and Saint Paul who represent local schools and government, community organizations and programs, businesses, higher education and philanthropy – all dedicated to educational excellence and narrowing the achievement and opportunity gap.

Minnesota has the largest achievement gap in the country. By bringing together a diverse group of leaders invested in education excellence, Generation Next is using rigorous data analysis and community engagement to identify what works to close these gaps and replicate the most promising practices. The goals are that every young person:

  1. is ready for kindergarten,
  2. meets benchmarks in reading by 3rd grade,
  3. meets benchmarks in mathematics by 8th grade,
  4. graduates from high school ready for college and career, and
  5. earns a post-secondary degree or certification

NYLC is excited to partner with Generation Next to share how service-learning can help every young person thrive.  If you would like to learn more about Generation Next or attend one of their regular forums, visit To learn more about NYLC and our work on the issues of educational equity, visit