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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Our Mission is to provide academic and athletic programming for the purpose of educating student scholars for future success.

CREATING CHANGE THROUGH PROGRAMMING

Our Programming Includes:

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CHILL BASKETBALL

In addition to providing scholars with opportunities to hone their basketball skills, this program will also prepare them to be good students, strong leaders, and productive citizens in our community. The program is also structured to prepare scholars to compete at the highest basketball level (locally and nationally) – and to promote a long-term objective of obtaining a college scholarship to support their academic/athletic goals.

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CHILL ACADEMY

This new Academy is designed to take Youth participants through a 9-month afterschool program. It is committed to creating a physically, mentally, emotionally, socially safe learning and development environment for ALL participants. Our focus is to empower Youth (referred to as “scholars”) in areas of math, reading, money management, social/emotional and life skills.

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CHILL Fitness for Kids

Through a myriad of techniques, activities, and exercises, scholars in grades K-12, learn the benefits of staying active and encouraged to maintain a physically fit lifestyle both now and in to adulthood. Scholars will also gain an increased awareness that by practicing these healthy habits, they can significantly reduce the chances of becoming obese or developing other obesity-related illnesses.

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CHILL College Readiness

Our College Readiness program provides: – Annual college visits, focusing on HBCUs – Monthly seminars for scholars and parents covering financial management, test prep, admissions guidance, and more – A toolkit including a laptop and a bank account with First lndependent Bank, the first Black-owned bank in Minnesota.

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CHILL Tech

Our Chill Tech program is a 6-week, paid internship giving our scholars hands-on training with a certified technician. We are partnering with PSlTech Support, a BIPOC-led technology startup whose goal is to diversify the technology industry and prepare young people for this competitive job market. Scholars will: – Learn best practices to address common hardware and software issues, including tools and maintenance of Mac and PC products – Develop professionalism and customer service skills – Keep their laptops upon completion of the internship

CREATING COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Our Objectives

At the Minnesota Chill Foundation our goals is to provide academic youth programs for the purpose of educating student scholars for future success. We are working to build a community-minded village of people who share our heart and passion for the support and well-being of children/youth–and are willing to assist us with our efforts.

• IMPACT TO COMMUNITY

Address the educational, health and wellness disparities that plague the Greater Twin Cities Community and primarily impacting the African-American community.

• COMPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMING

Provide synergy between the academic, athletic and health and wellness programming to ensure participation by clients in complementary programs.

• SAFE & INVITING ENVIRONMENTS

Develop or obtain a facility to deliver programming in a safe and inviting environment for youth and families.

• COLLEGE READINESS

Provide college readiness programs and services to influence academic behaviors and potentially to obtain academic or athletic scholarships.

• HIGH QUALITY RESOURCES

Improve the lives of individuals in our community by providing high quality academic, athletic and health and wellness programming.

Chuck and Cindy Hill, The Founders

A Message From Our Founders

While developing a successful basketball program, we realized that to play at the next level, the student-athlete must maintain satisfactory grades and test scores. As a result, we created the Minnesota CHILL Foundation – and shifted our program from being strictly athletics-driven (basketball) to one that has an education focus to ensure academic success.
Unfortunately, the Twin Cities has experienced a steady decline and a widening of the education gap for children of color. Cindy and I want to continue our contribution to the community, both financially and with our time, towards the elimination of the achievement gap.
We believe it is our civic duty to make sure that those who participate in our programs will benefit doubly; they will receive quality fitness/athletic development while pursuing academic excellence. ” – Chuck & Cindy Hill, C0-Founders

Executive Team & Board Membership

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