Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN)

SPPN meeting at Mays
  • The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) uses education as a tool to end multi-generational poverty. SPPN is committed to addressing tough issues facing our community, including multi-generational poverty, the education opportunity gap, and other factors that influence a child's academic outcomes.

    SPPN partners with more than 80 organizations to create an effective continuum of academic and family supports.


    SPPN Partners at Mays

    Cultural Wellness Center (CWC)

    Center For Culture, Families, and Learning

    The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood partners with CWC to support children and families through an education navigation system housed in the Center for Culture, Families, and Learning at Mays. The Center for Culture, Families, and Learning provides a space for children, families, and community members to interact and be celebrated. This space is intended to affirm culture and community. The Center adds to the Mays community through:

    • Rites of Passage Classes - Older students at Mays, in 4th and 5th grades, participate in a Rites of Passage class.
    • Culture Classes - Mays 1st through 5th grade students may also participate in Culture Classes where children get to explore and learn more about their culture.
    • Navigators - Navigators at Mays support children and familes. They promote school involvement, develop kinship networks, increase student engagement, improve communication between parents and educators, and connect children and families to a network of opportunities.     
    • Parent Classes and Workshops - Parent Clases and Workshops engage parents over a wide range of topics with a cultural emphasis. Topics include personal growth, academics, and advocacy.    


     Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD)

    Sankofa Readiing Program

    The Sankofa Reading Program is an after-school tutoring program by the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD). The program helps students build reading confidence and cultural identity to support academic performance. They teach students to master reading skills and strategies that can be applied to any text, any time, for any purpose over a lifetime. Children Pre-K through 3rd grade who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible for free enrollment in the program.