We bring afterschool partners together to create a collective voice and strengthen afterschool in Minnesota.

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Every youth in every community will benefit from the power of afterschool.



To unite Minnesota’s afterschool community and strengthen afterschool programs through partnership, education, and advocacy.

We Bring Together The Best for Minnesota’s Youth
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Joining Together

We bring together resources, expertise and best practices to improve afterschool funding, access and quality across the state.

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Top-Notch Programs

We coordinate professional development and trainings to help youth workers be their very best (so youth get the most out of their afterschool experiences!) 

Shared Vision

We listen to the broad field of afterschool to identify our most urgent shared needs, then work together to advocate for solutions that make the greatest impact.


In 2004, Minnesota’s afterschool community recognized that the need for all youth throughout Minnesota to have access to quality afterschool programs was too important for one organization alone. Thus, a statewide network called Youth Community Connections and later the Minnesota Afterschool Network was formed.

In 2013 we became Ignite Afterschool, taking on a name that reflects our desire to ignite the shared commitment to young people that reside in every corner of Minnesota.  We bring together afterschool allies from across the state, with the goal of using our combined resources, passion and expertise to improve the funding, availability and quality of afterschool programming for young people throughout Minnesota.