SHAC's programming goal is to implement programs that support overall school success, academic achievement, and family involvement in the community. We build capacity within the community to support the positive youth development and avenues for youth voice in Faribault.

Kids' Connection:

Kids' Connection at Faribault Middle School is a partnership between SHAC and the Faribault Schools' 21st Community Learning Centers.  Kids' Connection meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during the school year from 2:45- 4:45pm.  It is free and open to all middle school students.

The first hour of the program is dedicated to learning.  Students in need of homework help work one-on-one with college tutors.  Students without homework have the choice of reading, writing, or learning English or another language with Rosetta Stone.  During the second hour of the program, students participate in enriching clubs such as 4-H Leadership, J-STOPS community service, STEM activities with Shattuck St. Mary's students, cooking, or crafts.  Kids' Connection is free and transportation home is provided at the end of each session. 

College Ambitions Start Today (CAST): 
CAST meets on weekdays during the school year.  It is open to all students. 


The CAST (College Ambitions Start Today) program is a Faribault Public Schools college preparation and access initiative.  SHAC played an integral part in planning and implementation during the inaugural year of programming.  CAST aims to make high school graduation and post-secondary education a reality for every Faribault student.  To achieve this goal, CAST provides mentoring opportunities, individualized academic support, and college/career counseling. SHAC is proud to be a partnering member of CAST!

Summer Kids Connection:

Summer Kids Connection programming (a partnership between Faribault Schools' 21st CCLC and SHAC) occurs in two high-needs Faribault neighborhoods.  On Mondays and Wednesdays programming is located at Evergreen Estates, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays our programming is at the Prairie Avenue Community Garden site (1209 Prairie Ave).

Summer Kids Connection is our FREE neighborhood-based summer programming for Faribautlt youth. The program focuses on kids from 4th t8th grade, but all are welcome!  We do educational, fun activities like: career journals, mural making, science projects, soccer, reading, and much more!  

Mondays in the Park:

On Monday evenings (summer only) from 6:30-8:00 at the park behind the Faribault Middle School.  


SHAC and Growing up Healthy have partnered to offer Mondays in the Park, a community activity with the Somali population in Faribault.  Participants engage in conversation with volunteers from the Northfield and Faribault community, have a healthy snack, do art projects, play sports, and much more!  

​THRIVE After-school Mentoring:

Weekdays after school at Faribault Middle School.  

SHAC's free after-school program for Faribault Middle School will include: academic support for ESL students, academically enriching games and programs, a weekly intramural soccer league, and other opportunities for after-school physical activity.  Students will engage in caring relationships with adult mentors from local colleges and communities.