Teen Programs



We’re proud to offer a variety of programs for teens (9th – 12th grade) free of charge. Learn more about our offerings below.



From the basics to the more advanced, come learn the art of making your own clothing! We provide everything you need, including the sewing machines, thread, and material. This program is run by a professional fashion designer and our Teen Programs Coordinator.


The FANS Scholars program is a free college, career and life preparatory program for high school students in 9th-12th grade. This program provides students with a support system and activities to strengthen high school performance and to achieve success after graduation in college and career. The FANS scholar’s program offerings are varied and include workshops and seminars, introduction to career options, college tours, leadership development, civic engagement and ACT/SAT test preparation. In addition students receive academic support, mentorship and assistance with the college enrollment process. Students that successfully complete the FANS Scholars program are eligible to receive a small scholarship to assist with college expenses and their FANS Advocate can support them through college graduation. Since its inception in 1988, FANS Scholars have received over $1,000,000 in scholarships.


Power of Our Voices (POV) uses theater as the foundational tool to reach at risk teens that are in danger of dropping out or discontinuing their educations. POV’s goal is not to develop talented performers. Broadly speaking the POV vision for participants is to develop leadership skills, acquire vocational strategies, improve academic performance and connect with community resources. We work with students to empower them to create positive changes in their academic lives by helping them to develop patterns of cooperation, disciplined work habits and effective problem solving skills thorough the creation of high quality performances of theatre. POV meets in high schools several days a week. We foster critical thinking by examining literary works for structure and themes, analyzing them and placing them in a contemporary setting. All of these activities strengthen literacy skills and foster a greater view of how one full participates in their community.

For more information about any of these programs, please call or email:
Siddeeqah Shabazz
Teen Programming Coordinator
SiddeeqahS@pillsburyunited.org Phone: 612-824-0708|Direct: 612-787-3656

What's New

Fashion Show pic

The Power of Our Voices (POV) students from Broadway High School at Longfellow present The Life We Were Given is the Life that We Live, an evening of original poems, monologues, and scenes.

A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks

Power of Our Voices students have created monologues, scenes and poetry from passages of the One Minneapolis, One Read selection for the 2013-14 school year, Gordon Parks’ A Choice of Weapons. This is a prelude of the full performance in the spring.

Come and get a taste of what happens when Gordon Parks’ word come to life in the mind of today’s youth.

Summer Power of Our Voices
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Power of Our Voices - Performance Showcase
Urban Speaks at Cafe Southside

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Washburn Theatre 2 & 3 class
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