Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center
Two faith-based organizations pull resources to empower inner-city youth
The mission statement for the new Twin Cities Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Colin Powell Youth Center is "to raise up a new generation of urban leaders that are excellent: educationally, technically, morally and vocationally." Ryan provided full design and construction services for the project donated the fees for their services.
A unique collaboration
This project is a strategic partnership between The Twin Cities Jesuit High School Project and Urban Ventures, a local community development agency with a proven track record of addressing social and economic struggles of urban families. The Jesuit High School is paired with Urban Ventures' Colin Powell Center, providing services and support to help local teenagers graduate from high school and pursue a college education. Ryan had initially been approached by each organization separately. Ryan's leadership saw the synergy between the two projects and introduced the idea of combining the facilities. The building serves 500 students and 25,000 neighborhood children and parents.