Minnesota Chill Foundation

A nonprofit organization

The Minnesota Chill Foundation has been active in the community since 2011 and we are asking for your help to strengthen our impact, as the Twin Cities is needing support more than ever. Our communities are reeling in the wake of violence and families are left grieving for their loved ones. Our focus within the communities we serve will be community healing and community wellness through Family Chill Events and Chill Fitness for Kids.

Beginning this summer, Minneapolis families of all ages will be invited to three monthly Family Chill Events where they can engage in community healing circles. The purpose of these events is to provide a safe space for community members to cope with the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Daunte Wright and many others before them. We will provide the following services:

  • Meaningful dialogue through restorative practice circles with community partners.
  • Educational workshops to better understand how to prepare and protect the community when interacting with law enforcement.
  • Health and wellness trainings with an emphasis on breathing techniques, yoga, stress coping mechanisms, meditation, and fitness.
  • Workshops for youth under age five including arts and crafts activities.

We are committed to begin and end our family sessions in small cooperative groups through the Restorative Practices circle process, which is a framework and way of being that supports equitable access to social-emotional learning and academics alike. We use restorative practices to add value to our program and allow our members to speak their truth and share their knowledge, experience, and culture while fostering a community of belonging. 

Chill Fitness for Kids (CFFK) provides youth, kindergarten through high school with activities that develop long and short-term improvements for a healthier lifestyle. Throughout the pandemic, we adapted our programming to help youth stay on task even while at home; encouraging families to improve wellness together by sending activity kits to their homes and providing YouTube exercise programs. We want to increase our impact and reach more youth as we transition out of a pandemic and recover from community trauma from gun violence.

Our services include: 

  • Developing and attaining fitness and health goals 
  • Mindfulness activities to relieve stress (breathing techniques, journaling, meditation)
  • Team building and sports training activities
  • Positive sportsmanship best practices
  • Healthy behaviors coaching (tobacco use prevention, healthy choices) 
  • Nutrition education (with our licensed dietitian)
  • Providing nutritious meals and snacks
  • Connecting families to services to address food insecurity 
  • Pre-Covid: Health and Wellness Fair that connects families to multicultural resources and opportunities in the community, which we plan to continue in the future

Minnesota CHILL stands for Community Helps Individuals Live & Learn. Creating and maintaining a safe space for our participants is imperative to our program's success and longevity, development of our young scholars, well-being of families, and connection with community members. 

Since 2011, Minnesota CHILL Basketball has served Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. The growth of CHILL Basketball inspired the creation of the Minnesota Chill Foundation in 2014. We strive to close education and opportunity gaps for children of color with our academic, health and wellness, and athletic programming. Representative of their communities, our participants, staff and board members are predominately persons of color. Over time, our programs have grown to include youth, from kindergarten through high school. 

Our Foundation’s mission is: To provide academic programming for the purpose of educating student scholars for future success. 

The Minnesota Chill Foundation serves as a community-based resource center. We help address inequities and disparities in the community and address unmet needs by connecting families to direct services and referrals to services. Please support us in continuing to connect youth and families to community resources to address community healing and wellness through #SpringForwardMN!

Thank you,

Cindy and Chuck Hill

Organization Information

Name

Minnesota Chill Foundation

Employer id number (ein)

82-4542883

Address

9000 TELFORD XING
BROOKLYN PARK, MN 55443

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