A nonprofit organization

$9,040 raised by 41 donors

90% complete

$10,000 Goal

Keep a Northside Tradition Going Strong.

59 years ago, in 1964, a big, bold idea was born: The PCYC Children’s Gift Sale.

The concept was solid from the start: Create a gift store at PCYC, filled with donated gifts and staffed by volunteers. Invite Northside youth to shop for their loved ones and experience the joy of giving. Beautiful!

Today, in 2023, the PCYC Gift Sale tradition lives on. On December 9 we anticipate welcoming 600 Northside youth to our Gift Sale Store filled with 3,000 gifts and staffed by 200 volunteers, and where excited and thoughtful 1st to 8th graders search for just the right gifts for parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles and aunties. Still beautiful!

This is what happens when a good idea is a really good idea, backed by the strong, consistent commitment of PCYC (including two years of drive-up Gift Sales during COVID), thousands of volunteers and hours of time, and with a strong dose of generosity and love backing it all up - for 69 years: The PCYC Children’s Gift Sale.

This year, we invite you to help us meet our Give to the Max goal of $10,000

Your contributions will keep this Northside tradition going and growing strong for years to come.  MORE

Thank you!

PCYC: Proudly serving North Minneapolis for 69 years.

Our mission:  Rooted in North Minneapolis, PCYC ignites a spirit of inspiration, connection, and growth. 

The agency manages three dynamic programs:

PYC Arts & Technology High School: A contract alternative school, managed in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools, PYC provides students a wealth of ways to earn credit toward graduation as well as holistic, wrap-around services delivered by dedicated staff members.

Bright Futures K-5 Enrichment: Our Saturday and summer programs offer year-long educational and social/emotional skills-building activities for K-5 youth, building brain power, confidence and creativity.

The Capri: Newly expanded and renovated, the Capri is a wonderful, welcoming theater, rental space and gathering place offering countless opportunities for people of all ages to experience and produce art, to create and implement ideas, and to Be Together.

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2023 Annual Children's Gift Sale

The Capri

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Arts & Culture Education Community

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving


2210 Oliver Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411