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Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

Minneapolis, MN

We're creating pathways for individuals to discover their strengths and take control of their futures.

Empowering Dreams, Elevating Voices

At Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, we believe in the transformative power of education and restoration, and the profound impact of empowering marginalized voices. Founded in North Minneapolis nearly 100 years ago, our organization is dedicated to breaking barriers, fostering opportunities, and creating equity and equality for the African American community.


Though our community remains chronically underserved, the people we work with are filled with resilience, determination, and perseverance, unique to only those who have come far, but still have much further to go.

What We Do

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center works to create a positive and lasting impact through:

  • Education Initiatives: We provide courses and programs that allow clients to overcome obstacles, find healing and restoration, and unlock their true talents.

  • Community Outreach: We learn from our community, adapting our services to fill gaps and meet needs as they arise, providing resources and support to address each individual's unique challenges.

  • Empowering Voices: We amplify the voices of our community, promoting social justice and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We encourage our clients to gain the skills they need to advocate for themselves, and claim their rights to equality and equity by giving them the tools to compete for more and level the playing field for themselves and for the next generation. 

Why We Do It

We envision a vibrant, inclusive community where everyone has access to essential resources and opportunities to reach their highest potential. We strive to create an equitable community of collaboration, trust, and mutual respect, with an overarching goal to advance equality for African Americans in our city, and everywhere.

Mary T. Wellcome Child Development Center

At Mary T. Wellcome Child Development Center, we make sure all children get the pre-K education they need to succeed in school and beyond, regardless of family income level.

Camp Katharine Parsons

At Camp Katharine Parsons, generations of Northside kids experienced the healing and teaching powers of nature. Closed since the early 2000s, Phyllis Wheatley is now determined to bring the camp back and give today's youth the same change to learn and grow in Minnesota's great outdoors.

Join Us in Our Journey Toward Equity. Together, we can build a brighter future where dreams know no bounds. Whether you're a passionate advocate, a philanthropist with a desire to make a difference, or someone seeking support, we invite you to be a part of our mission. Join us in empowering dreams and elevating voices, as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable world for all.

RISE Returns at Phyllis Wheatley

Youth ages 12-18 — join us as we Build Bridges Through Basketball every Wednesday, 4pm - 6pm starting October 11.

RISE: Building Bridges Through Basketball

Fall 2023 —



October 11 - December 2


Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

1301 N. 10th Avenue | Minneapolis


This program is supported by RISE, Under Armour, and the NBA.

RISE Fall 2023
ManCode Mentoring Flyer 2023

MEA Weekend 2023:

Mancode Mentoring, hosted by Phyllis Wheatley & 100 Black Men of the Twin Cities at Microsoft and the Minnesota Timberwolves training facility! 

Join us during this October's MEA break for this 2-day workshop and learn about tech, coding, opportunities to work in the tech industry, and a lot more! 

Hear from speakers on their own success, what they learned along the way, and how you can find your talents and succeed in meeting your dreams. 


Ladies, join us on a wealth-building journey!

Single, BIPOC women who makes less than $30,000/year are invited to join this cohort, aimed at helping stabilize family finances and create more prosperous futures! 

You'll get a savings match of 2:1, up to $2,000; a FREE laptop upon completion of the program; and lots of training, information, and skills for brighter financial futures! 

Women's Wealth Initiative 2023
Esports Club | Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

Fall 2023 Esports Season Starts September 26!

Phyllis Wheatley's Esports Club is all about helping young people realize their potential in the gaming industry while teaching them important skills for success. Club members have fun competing against each other in games they create from scratch.


We offer a safe and supportive environment for members to learn and grow their skills. Our community is inclusive, with members of all skill levels welcome.


Join our club, compete in regional tournaments and build skills, or drop in and play for a day! The Esports Club runs year-round, and welcomes anyone who wants to check it out. 

No registration required. 

More info

In the News

Camp Katharine Parsons Historic Photo

Star Tribune:

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center wins approval to reopen summer camp in Carver County


Residents of rural Watertown Township worked with the north Minneapolis nonprofit to resurrect the long-dormant Camp Katharine Parsons. 

Camp Katharine Parsons ca. 1990s

Phyllis Wheatley Wins Approval to Reopen Summer Camp in Carver County

Our Mission:

We create pathways for individuals to discover their strengths and take control of their futures. 

Our Vision:

We envision a world where everyone, regardless of background, has access to quality education, equitable opportunities, and the tools to reach their full potential. We are committed to building a society where diversity is celebrated, individuals are empowered, and every voice is heard and respected.

Thank You to our Funders and Partners 

United Way Logo
Dept of Health Logo
hennepin county logo
minneapolis foundation
otto bremer trust
twin cities black journalists
mortenson family foundation
Women's Foundation of MN
100 Black Men of the Twin Cities
Great MN Schools
MN eSports Club
Parent Aware
Cultural Wellness Center
Allstate Foundation
Ernst & Young
Fredrikson Law
NBA Foundation
Minnesota Historical Society
Children's Dental Services
Girls Who Code
Metro State
Mnneapolis Park & Rec Board
Crimson & Cream Foundation
GTCUW Women United
Growing Hope Foundation
Walker West Music Academy

Proud member of — 

2023 SME Committed Badge
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Member
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center is a Guidestar Platinum for Transparency organization.

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Contact Us

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

1301 North 10th Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55411


Monday | 9am - 5:30pm

Tuesday | 9am - 5:30pm

Wednesday | 9am - 5:30pm

Thursday | 9am-5:30 pm

Friday | 9am - 5:30pm

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