Innovation Hub aims to support Minneapolis youth by teaching them digital skills

A Minneapolis nonprofit is using technology to inspire college students in North Minneapolis, and it’s all happening in a house on wheels. The new program aims to bridge the digital divide and create opportunities for students.

The Innovation Hub is a one-of-a-kind program run by Urban Ventures and part of the nonprofit’s mission is to support young people in Minneapolis.

The mobile school can be seen parked in front of JJ Legacy Montessori in North Minneapolis.

They focus on technology, offering programs kids might not otherwise have access to.

Each student gets their own iPad, along with instructions on what to do with it. They learn robotics, digital art and coding.

The program aims to inspire creativity and learn to navigate a digital world. JJ Legacy is the first school in the country to host the Innovation Hub.

Tonicia Abdur Salaam is the principal of the school and says a program like this provides opportunities for her students.

“A lot of kids who come from communities like the community we serve sometimes don’t even go within a mile of their homes, and therefore give them access to things they haven’t been exposed to before. allows them to imagine themselves outside of the space they might currently be in,” said Abdur Salaam.

Urban Ventures plans to expand to other schools, but for now they are seeing the impact here.

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