We believe that;  Community Education is a commonsense approach to improving the quality of life for our community and citizens through  lifelong learning.
Community Education is the link to our schools for a significant portion of the population who have no children in our schools.  We provide services to residents from 6 weeks old to our senior citizens in the pursuit of lifelong learning. Our supports reach across age, gender, racial and ethnic boundaries to provide meaningful and fulfilling opportunities for all. We are the first point of contact for students in our district and strive to meet their needs throughout their academic careers and into their adult lives.
Recreation Mission:”To promote healthy lifestyles by providing quality recreation and leisure programs and facilities to our customers through exceptional customer service and doing so in a fiscally responsible way that shows we are good stewards of our resources for Burnsville residents.”
Parks Mission: Promote and coordinate the use of recreation facilities through programming for youth, family, adults and low to moderate income multi-housing developments in order to provide a wide range of leisure time activities for the community.



Mission: Give young people equitable access and opportunities in the Twin Cities music scene, while growing them as people prepared to make the world work for them.

Vision: The heart of Twin Cities Catalyst Music is THE GARAGE, an all-ages venue and music laboratory. There, young people without access to our metro’s music scene because of age and circumstance can perform, see and open for touring artists, train in event production, record, and practice arts journalism. It’s a place for young people to develop knowledge and skills from artists and industry professionals. It’s a place for music to happen


To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

For decades, the YMCA Mission has been central and foundational to our work. It continues as our driving force today. In that Christian principles are caring and inclusive, we will be respectful of various expressions of religion. We serve people from all faith traditions and perspectives. We will also create a welcoming environment for people to feel comfortable to explore spiritual matters and grow in Christian faith if they choose.

Whether it’s an inspirational thought for the day at one of our overnight camps, daily scriptures at our Welcome Centers, a small group Bible study, or the Athlete’s Prayer before a youth basketball game, we strive to reflect our Christian principles in a caring and inclusive environment. Our Mission guides us in all we do and compels us to embrace, relect and celebrate the richness of diversity within each other, and our community. We invite, welcome and involve everyone to work side by side with us to further our cause.



The mission of Youthprise is to champion learning beyond the classroom so that all Minnesota youth thrive.

Youthprise was founded by the McKnight Foundation in 2010 to increase the quality, accessibility, sustainability and innovation of opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. We strategically combine funding, capacity building, policy advocacy, research, and youth engagement under one roof. This unique combination creates efficiencies, accelerates implementation, and maximizes impact.  We seek to align efforts across city, regional, and state systems that impact youth. Youthprise has the flexibility to leverage additional resources and to innovate by testing and investing in new approaches. We elevate youth voice in decision-making about programs, policies, research, systems and philanthropy and are driven by a focus on racial equity and addressing the disparities faced by youth of color and other disconnected youth.



The Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities.

Our mission is based on the intent of our founder, Otto Bremer. His vision and longstanding commitment to communities during and after the Great Depression are carried forward today through our work in the places that are homes to Bremer banks. We strive to help build healthy, vibrant communities—communities where basic needs are met, mutual regard is prized and opportunities for economic, civic and social participation are within everyone’s reach.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was created by the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974. It is administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The primary objective of this program is to develop viable urban communities by supporting activities that create or enhance the following three focus areas:

1) decent housing

2) a suitable living environment; and,

3) economic opportunities.

Other funding sources include,