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CommonBond provides on-site services that truly meet residents where they live, including youth. The goal is to engage kids in quality, consistent, and intentional programs by partnering with parents, schools, community resources, and, perhaps most importantly, volunteers. The Study Buddies program, which engages volunteers with youth as homework mentors, has had measurable impact and success year after year. Youth in the program benefit from weekly one-to-one tutoring while forming friendships with other “buddies” in the program.

It is a life-changing experience for the kids and the volunteers. Study Buddies are needed in Minneapolis and St. Paul. To learn more or to volunteer please contact Arbor at 651.290.6226 or [email protected].

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Youth Services

CommonBond’s on-site Advantage Centers provide a youth-friendly environment where young residents can develop the skills and abilities they need to succeed academically and in their personal lives. Professional staff and trained volunteers provide an array of youth services, including:

Academic Support

  • One-to-one mentoring (Study Buddies)
  • Group mentoring (Learning Circles)
  • Pre-school & family learning opportunities like Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and other school readiness programs
  • Tutoring and homework help (Homework Center)
  • “Reading Is Fundamental” book distribution

Recreation and Service Activities

  • Summer Fun program

Teen Programs

  • Teen and pre-teen programs
  • Teen employment and volunteer programs

Convenient On-Site Access
Most CommonBond properties include an on-site computer lab within the Advantage Center and an outdoor playground for children.  Most services listed above are offered on-site or in a nearby CommonBond location.  Please check with specific properties for more information about the Advantage Services options they offer.

Support Advantage Services

There are many ways you can support CommonBond’s Advantage Services through donations, volunteering, or in-kind donations. Learn more here.