Sep 01 2017

BYC Youth Create Art for X-Games!

This year during our summer program a number of our youth were lucky enough to work with Mark Rivard, a local artist known for creating art using skateboard decks as his canvas. Each of our students got to learn from Mark and create their very own skateboard deck that they were able to bring home! Photos of their skateboard art were on display at the X-Games at US Bank Stadium this summer!


Aug 15 2017

BYC Camping Trip 2017 The Apostle Islands

Each year the BYC direct service program takes a group of students on a camping trip as part of our summer program. This year we took a group of 20 students to the Apostle Islands in Bayfield Wisconsin. This trip included taking sea kayaks out on to Lake Surperior, cookouts, hiking, sleeping in tents, and swimming. For many of our students this was their first experience camping.

This trip included a number of challenges, one of which being the unpredictable weather near Lake Surperior, but the largest challenge for our students was what was called “tip” test which is a safety test you must complete before kayaking. A “tip” test is purposefully flipping your kayak and releasing the spray skirt while underwater so you can then leave the kayak and return to the surface. Not only was this something that was scary for many of our youth who are not comfortable in water but it was only 58 degrees outside at the time of the test, and the water wasn’t much warmer. Although this presented a challenge to our group, our youth overcame this challenge and had an amazing time on our trip to the Apostle Islands! Our staff was so proud of this group and all they accomplished this summer!


Watch the “tip” test here!

Aug 14 2017

BYC Direct Service Program Growth

As we look back on the third year of the BYC Afterschool Program, it is amazing to think of all the opportunities students have had and the large number of students who have been impacted by BYC programming. During the 2016-2017 school year the BYC served an average of over 70 students per day more than tripling the numbers from our first year in 2014-2015.

As the number of students have grown so have the number of opportunities, which included a BYC Basketball team, numerous clubs such as nature club, coloring club, and pokemon-go club, a group that prepares students for highschool and college called Multicultural Achievers, Outdoor Education programming with Wilderness Inquiry, and music/recording lessons with Twin Cities Catalyst Music.

In total the BYC served over 400 middle school age students in 2016-2017.

We are looking forward to growing more in the coming school year and hope you will continue to follow our program!


Jun 15 2016

BYC Summer Programming


The Burnsville Youth Collaborative will begin a summer program on June 20th, 2016. This program will be open to students in grades 6-10. Some summer highlights will include an overnight camping trip to Lake Itasca, trips to Camp Streefland to participate in archery, kayaking, swimming, and high ropes courses,  and great on-site activities such as “Cooking Matters”classes in which students will learn about healthy eating and preparing meals, after cooking a meal in class each students will be given all the ingredients to make the same meal at home. This will be the second summer in which this program has been offered. To register please visit the following web address.



Feb 05 2016

BYC MLK Day Bash


The Burnsville Youth Collaborative led after school program took a Martin Luther King Day field trip to the Mounds View Community Center. During our trip we learned about youth empowerment, participated in a youth service project at the community center, and ended the day with a celebration which included inflatables as well as a performance by local rapper BDot Croc. It was great experience for our staff and students as we learned together alongside other after school programs from the Metro-Area.



Sep 25 2015

BYC Afterschool Takes Trip to the University of Minnesota

The BYC Afterschool program at Nicollet Junior High School, recently took a group of students to the University of Minnesota for a first generation college student workshop. Students were taught about the benefits of continuing their education as well as the resources available to them as first generation college students. Huge shout out to the University YMCA for providing the workshops well as breakfast and lunch, After our workshops we went on a tour of the university which included stops in dorms, classrooms, and some free bowling in the student center! Our students continue to talk about this trip and about going onto college after graduation.


Sep 25 2015

District ISD #191Community Education-Opens New Dance Studios


Some exciting news here from our community education department! Diamond Education Center has opened 2 brand new dance studio spaces. These studio spaces have new wood flooring which is cushioned to allow for high impact dance/fitness activities. These facilities will be used for classes of all ages and will even be used for the 2nd year of the Modern Dance project which is a part of our BYC program! This space will also be used for a variety of class activities including yoga, fencing, hip hop/jazz dance classes, and fitness classes. Here some photos of these brand new studio spaces, please visit for more information on how you can take advantage of this new space right here in Burnsville!


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This August the BYC took a group of students on a camping trip to Carver State Park in Victoria, MN. This was the first ever BYC camping trip and it was an awesome experience for our staff and students alike! For this trip we collaborated with a local non-profit, Wilderness Inquiry. Teaming with the outstanding Wilderness Inquiry team, BYC students were able to take a canoe trip on GIANT Voyageur Canoes, swim in Lake Zumbrota, camp in four person tents or outside while watching the stars, and learn to cook some delicious meals over the campfire!
One of the highlights of the trip was our BYC Nature Gift Exchange. Students made each other very thoughtful gifts out of items they found at our campsite. Gifts ranged from pet rocks (pictured) to campfire starters made of kindling. This experience showcased how thoughtful and creative our students are. This camping trip was a first for the majority of our students, it was an absolute blast!

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