University Y Impact

In the 2018-2019 school year, the UY served 1,322 young adults and youth across our student programs and mentoring with youth. 217 college students participated in immersive, frequent programming, contributing over 20,000 hours of community service hours.

In 2019, the University Y was awarded the Outstanding Community Partner Award from the University of Minnesota’s Office of Public Engagement, the highest honor granted to an external partner in community engaged service with the U of MN.

In spring of 2019 the UY Director of Educational Efficacy and Leadership, Patti Neiman, received the Page Foundation Community Partner Award. This great honor was awarded to Patti for her dedication to the partnership and for providing Page Scholars with high quality programs and mentorship.

In 2018, a longitudinal study was conducted by the U of MN Department of Educational Psychology comparing five years of data on UY students against thousands of their counterparts on campus who did not participate at the UY. Accounting for all variables such as race, class, incoming ACT score, etc., this study found that UY students were more likely than their peers to graduate on time (15% more), earn credits (7 more credits on average), and earned higher GPAs. The UY student population also included significantly higher rates of students from underrepresented communities than the U of MN as a whole.