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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students are already two years behind grade level.

By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.

Children in poverty have greater learning challenges.

Children who live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to develop mental delays or learning disabilities than those who don't live in poverty.

How we help empower youth

The Salvation Army operates youth programs in low and moderate income neighborhoods surrounding the city of Maplewood. These programs provide children with a safe place to play and learn in a supervised and constructive environment. The Salvation Army will continue to make an effort in the local communities to provide these learning opportunities.

Character Building

Every Tuesday night during the school year, we provide age and gender specific troop-based programs to teach the Bible and life skills to children (ages 4 - 17).  Dinner is served for the family at 5:00 PM and Character Building starts at 5:30 PM.  For more information call 651-779-9177 and ask for Laurie.

Music Programs

Research has proven that children who learn music have improved test scores and problem solving abilities.  For more information on the following youth music programs, call 651-779-9177 and ask for Richard.

  • Piano Lessons 
  • Singing Company (Youth Chorus) - Tuesdays @ 6:30 PM
  • Beginner Band - Wednesdays @ 6:00 PM

School Supplies

Each year, at our National Night Out event, we provide backpacks and school supplies to children so that they may be better equipped and ready for the upcoming school year.

Coats For Kids

Our Coats for Kids program has been keeping Twin Cities children warm for more than 30 years. In that time, donors have provided roughly 334,000 coats and winter accessories to local families in need.

Toy Shop

Through our annual Toy Shop, we provide (with great help from donors) toys to families in need so that children may receive gifts at Christmas.

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