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Park Avenue Youth & Family Services



Park Avenue Youth and Family Services (PAYFS), (formerly the Park Avenue Foundation), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the Park Avenue United Methodist Church. PAYFS was organized to give a stronger identity to outreach programs started by the church in the late 1960s.

Since 1985, Park Avenue Youth and Family Services has reached out to nurture and empower the children, youth and families of our community through academic programs, summer camps and family services. PAYFS programs are open to everyone, regardless of religious belief.

The Village Tutors program seeks to improve the academic achievement of our students by increasing specific literacy skills. We aim to foster an environment where reading and learning will become part of the students cultural memory, and can thus be shared with his/her family.

Through fun and challenging engineering projects, Tronix Team works to instill a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into the minds of under-served, urban youth who rarely pursue these fields after high school.

Mission: Our mission is to empower the residents of the Central neighborhood area of south Minneapolis to eliminate disparities in health and quality of life stemming from racism and poverty.
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