Who We Are

The NLC is made up of many organizations and individuals. Below is a list of all the groups that are involved in the work of creating a culture of learning in the West Side and West 7th neighborhoods.

Boys and Girls Club

The West Side Boys & Girls Club is a positive, safe place for kids to learn and grow while having fun. We provide a range of programs and opportunities that help promote respect, healthy lifestyles, positive relationships and build character in the youth we serve.

Membership Dues: $5 per year. Youth need to have a signed (parental consent required) membership form and $5 at time of registration.

Contact: John Hardeman, Branch Director, Jhardeman@boysandgirls.org, Andre Anthony, Program Directory, aanthony@boysandgirls.org(651) 222-2212

Address: 291 Belvidere Street East

WebsiteBoys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities

Cherokee Heights Elementary

Cherokee Heights Elementary is a West Side School of Excellence. We serve students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. We are committed to challenging every student to reach his or her highest potential through a consistent, structured, and supportive school climate, a comprehensive standards-driven curriculum, an ongoing professional development program, and involved parents and community leaders.

Contact: Sharon Hendrix, Principal, sharon.hendrix@spps.org, (651) 293-8610

Address: 694 Charlton Street

WebsiteSaint Paul Public Schools Cherokee Heights Elementary

Center for Democracy and Citizenship

The Center for Democracy and Citizenship collaborates with a variety of partners to promote active citizenship and public work by people of all ages. The center’s work is grounded in the belief that a healthy democracy requires everyone’s participation, and that each of us has something to contribute. In addition to co-founding and organizing Jane Adams School for Democracy on the West Side, the CDC was a founding organizer of the Neighborhood Learning Community and continues to play a lead role. The CDC has also taken on a lead role with collaborative neighborhood youth work such as All Around the Neighborhood, the Youth Apprenticeship Project, the Circulator, and Youth Guides.

Contact: Derek Johnson, johnsod1@augsburg.edu

Address: 209 West Page Street

WebsiteCenter for Democracy and Citizenship

Community Education

Community Education seeks to improve the quality of life by providing lifelong learning opportunities for all members of the community. Lifelong learning is based on the belief that people are learners at every age and are entitled to pursue educational opportunities that are meaningful to them.

Community Education offers a variety of programming on the West Side, including: 55+ classes at the Wellstone Center and youth and family classes at Humboldt High School. For the most current programming please visit our website.

Contact: Shaun Walsh, shaun.walsh@spps.org, (651) 487-7383

WebsiteSaint Paul Public Schools Community Education


Dunedin is a part of the St. Paul Public Housing Agency, and it includes a hi-rise of 1 bedroom units as well as 88 adjacent units for families. Dunedin is located adjacent to the Wellstone Center on the West Side of St. Paul, and they offer some youth programming for youth and families who live in their units.

Contact: Doua Kong, doua.kong@stpha.org

Address: 469 Ada


El Rio Vista Recreation Center

El Rio Vista Recreation Center is housed at the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center. It is open from 2:30pm-9pm Monday-Friday, and open Saturdays for basketball only. It can be reached by the 67 bus line. El Rio Vista maintains:

  • Arts & Crafts Room
  • Dance Room/Studio
  • Large Indoor Walking Track
  • Locker Rooms
  • Multi-Purpose Room
  • Teaching Kitchen
  • Three Softball/Youth Baseball Fields
  • Two Large Gymnasiums
  • Sixteen Station, Online PC Lab
  • Weight/Fitness Room

Contact: Amanda Felion, amanda.felion@ci.stpaul.mn.us, (651) 789-2500

Address: 179 Robie Street East

WebsiteParks and Recreation Program Schedule

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Girls in kindergarten through grade 12 learn and practice leadership in an all-girl environment as they discover new talents, skills, and strengths; connect with other girls; and take action in their communities. Trained leaders and other adult volunteers help girls to practice their decision-making skills, build teamwork, develop healthy and positive self-esteem, strengthen values, and form caring relationships. Girls make friends and memories that will last throughout their lives.

Contact: Deb Pridgen, dpridgen@girlscoutsrv.org

Address: 400 Robert Street South

WebsiteGirl Scouts of the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Guadelupe Alternative Programs

GAP is a fully accredited school contracted by the St. Paul Public Schools to provide education to youth engaged in high risk behaviors. GAP’s mission is accomplished through three areas of focus: Education and Enrichment, Mental Health and Student Support, Employment and Training. In addition to academic year programming, GAP offers a full array of summer programming for students.

Contact: Mark Pegors, Director of Education, mpegors@gapschool.org, (651) 222-0757

Address: 381 E. Robie Street

WebsiteGAP School

Humboldt Secondary School

Humboldt Secondary School offers a comprehensive curriculum with high expectations and rigor for all students. Preparing all students for post-secondary education and the world of work is our top priority.

Contact: Mike Sodomka, Principal, michael.sodomka@spps.org, (651) 293-8600

Address: 30 East Baker Street

WebsiteHumboldt Secondary School

Learning Dreams

Learning Dreams is a partnership with Cherokee Heights Elementary School that provides intese home and community-based support for parents and children to help them become active members of a culture of learning. Learning Dreams works with the parent’s deepest motivations, their personal dreams and hopes for their own lives and the lives of their children. We build their strengths and continue to support them over time as they make progress realizing their learning dreams.

Contact: Angela Kadrlik, angela@learningdreams.org, (651) 293-8610

Address: 694 Charlton Street


Neighborhood House

Providing services to more than 14,000 participants annually, Neighborhood House is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual center with programs in basic needs, education and youth leadership. We are committed to the success of refugees, immigrants, youth and the neighborhoods we serve.

Founded in 1897 on Saint Paul’s historic West Side, Neighborhood House has a long history of fulfilling the settlement house tradition of helping immigrants and low-income individuals integrate into society, connect with community and achieve a better quality of life.

The Neighborhood House Youth Leadership program helps young people develop the life skills, positive self-esteem and resilience needed to become engaged students, creative leaders and productive citizens.

Contact: John Guertin, Youth Leadership Manager, jguertin@neighb.org, (651) 789-2517

Address: 179 Robie Street East

WebsiteNeighborhood House

Riverview Library

Riverview Library has served the West Side since 1917. The collection supports recreational reading, browsing, homework help and English acquisition, with a renewed emphasis on materials in English and Spanish, reflecting and supporting the diversity of the community. Riverview offers six public internet computers, WIFI, one word processing computer and a meeting room with a capacity of fifty. Community activities include a pre-school story time, Summer Reading programs and after-school homework help at The SHAC run by staff and adult volunteers. It is accessible on the 67 and 75 bus routes as well as the West Side Circulator.

Contact: Carol Hogan-Okeefe, carol.hogan-okeefe@ci.stpaul.mn.us, (651) 292-6626

Address: 1 George Street East

WebsiteSt Paul Public Library-Riverview Location

St. Matthew’s School

St. Matthew’s is a small, Catholic school located on St. Paul’s West Side, that educates students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. St. Matthew’s School believes in the dignity and value of each child. We believe that each child is a gift from God and a promise for tomorrow. These core beliefs have helped us shape a school environment that is second to none in its commitment to academic excellence, spiritual formation, appreciation for diversity, and one that instills a sense of responsibility for each child’s place in this world.

Contact: Doug Lieser, Principal, dlieser@st-matts.org, (651) 224-6912

Address: 497 Humboldt Avenue

WebsiteSt. Matthew’s School

Torre de San Miguel Homes

Torre de San Miguel Homes, a CommonBond Community, provides on-site services to its residents. Torre has a long history on the West Side and as part of the Neighborhood Learning Community. The Advantage Center staff consists of an on-site social worker, youth program assistant, and AmeriCorps members. We offer youth programming for pre-school and school aged youth as well as services for adults who reside at Torre.

Contact: Caseye Pofahl, caseye.pofahl@commonbond.org, 651 224-8649

Address: 58 Wood Street

WebsiteCommon Bond Communities

Urban 4-H Youth Development

Urban 4-H Youth Development is a part of the Center for Youth Development and University of Minnesota Extension. Urban 4-H works with and on behalf of youth living in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburban communities to measurably improve their learning through nonformal educational programs. Our mission is accomplished with two signature programs, Urban Youth Learn and Urban Youth Lead, and is carried out through partnerships with volunteers, organizations, and schools. On the west side, Urban 4-H collaborates with others to deliver the Teen Power and Kid Power programs. Both programs offer a space for youth to develop leadership skills and have a voice to drive their learning in youth programs.

Contact: Erica Gates, gates015@umn.edu, (612) 624-7603

Address: 495 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Avenue

WebsiteUrban 4-H Youth Development

West 7th Library

The West 7th Library is located in the same building as the West 7th Community Center. Books in the collection cannot be placed on hold, and thus many times it is the perfect place to find a book that you cannot locate elsewhere. The library also offers computers with internet access.

Contact: branch.westseventh@ci.stpaul.mn.us (651) 298-5516

Address: 265 Oneida Street

WebsiteSt Paul Public Library-West 7th Location

West Side Community Organization

The West Side Citizens Organization is an action oriented, neighborhood based organization empowering our residents to participate in and advocate for solutions to West Side community issues.

The West Side Citizens Organization (WSCO) unites more than 16,000 residents, business people, and organizations in building a community where people want to live, work, and play. For more than a quarter century, WSCO has brought West Siders together to develop and preserve what makes our neighborhood great—safe and affordable housing; a healthy environment; accessible parks and recreational facilities; and high quality education. WSCO promotes a positive image of the West Side and nurtures pride and respect in our community. With a scope that ranges from land use issues and riverfront development to recycling, education, and community celebrations, WSCO informs, educates, and empowers people to advance our shared goals.

Contact: Elena Gaarder, Elena@wsco.org, Lydia Nobello, Lydia@wsco.org, (651) 293-1708

Address: 127 West Winifred Street

WebsiteWSCO-West Side Community Organization

Youth Farm and Market Project

Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for youths ages 9 – 18, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens, greenhouses and cooking We build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food. Youth Farm and Market Project currently works in 5 neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, Lyndale, Powderhorn, and Hawthorne in Minneapolis, and the West Side and Frogtown of St. Paul. In addition, YFMP offers a year-round internship and employment program for youth ages 14-18.

Contact: Tyler Berris, tyler@youthfarm.net, (651) 600-6099

Address: Garden, 85 E Page, Greenhouse, 209 W Page

WebsiteYouth Farm and Market Project