The Afterschool Network launches online guide for summer activities

The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board’s Afterschool Network program has created a site, WhatsUp612.com, to help youth ages 5-21 find activities afterschool and during the summer. 

Fatima Muhammad is the project director for The Afterschool Network. “It’s been a project that has been a long time coming,” she said. 

Not only does the site list different recreational activities and groups, but also connects kids with different organizations around the city to provide them with resources including food and shelter, employment, healthcare and legal help.

“This is one of the ways to get the word out there about these organizations,” Muhammad said.

Kids can find activities for their age group based off of location, school or type of activity. Some of the categories include leadership, arts and culture, college and career and health and fitness. Some activities cost money, while there are also many that are free of cost. 

The many partners of What’s Up 612! such as Minneapolis Public Schools and Hennepin County Library, host many of the activities on the site while some are given as suggestions.

“The website is promoting access to our activities citywide and encouraging participation,” Muhammad said.

What’s Up 612! will be promoted at events throughout the summer, such as National Night Out on Aug. 4. Tutorials on how to navigate the site will also be offered.

“Young people are being connected to resources that are fostering their interests,” Muhammad said. “It’s good to have all of that information in one place.”