Poverty's impact on children often leads to academic under-performance, and lack of access to educational, social, and cultural enrichment opportunities that keep youth intellectually and creatively engaged.
GCSC partners with Duluth's professional community, colleges and universities, and other community organizations to offer enrichment programs in the academics, the arts, sports, agriculture and more to students in grades K - 5 in one of Duluth's lowest income, urban neighborhoods introducing them to opportunities they would not otherwise have available.
GCSC is currently housed at Nettleton School which is school-wide Title 1, and has a free/reduced lunch rate of 79%. Students of color make up 52% of the school's population. GCSC uses the community schools model to provide
music, dance, voice/choir, visual arts, drama and theatre, writing, native drumming, native dance and other enrichment activities in the arts, as well as math, science, reading, writing, and basic academics. The high interest among students in these enrichment programs translates to higher achievement academically in their classrooms throughout the school year. The program reaches students at an early age
and instills long-term interest that brings some of the same students back as mentors to younger kids. The activities
are unique and leaders are among the city's finest artists and leaders. The following are some of the programs:
1. Hillside Youth Theatre
2. Enrichment Classes
3. The Art and Science of Us
4. Imagination Station
5. Steps to the Future Powwow
Intergenerational Family Events change from year to year based on annual needs assessments, but always feature a meal and a program, and are designed to build bridges between home and school, to celebrate our community's diversity and student-created visual and performing arts, and to build life-skills. Events include Enda Semesta Fiesta, Spring Cultural Arts Festival, Cabin Fever Reliever- Fitness Fair, Tell-a-bration, and Steps to the Future Pow Wow.
Collaborative members include The College of St. Scholastica, East Hillside Patch, East Hillside Community Club, YWCA, The Y, Grant-Nettleton School, and Head Start.
Additionally we work closely with other community -based youth-serving organizations (CBO's) throughout Duluth to provide an extensive support network for the children who need it most. We strive to continually develop partnerships with additional CBO's.