Grants awarded to prevent sex trafficking and support positive youth-adult relationships

The Carlson Family Foundation is pleased to announce 2022 grants awarded for:

  • Sex Trafficking Prevention
  • Constellation: K-12 Schools and Parents & Caregivers

Sex Trafficking Prevention seeks to provide youth with quality sex trafficking prevention education in schools, out-of-school programs and at home, and access to culturally responsive, trauma-informed mental health services. Additionally, it gives service providers access to actionable research so they can offer evidence-based prevention services to youth in high-risk situations.

Constellation seeks to surround young people with a constellation of caring adults to help them realize their dreams. Our focus on K-12 Schools expands innovative, evidence-based models that strengthen relationships between students and adults to advance student outcomes. And our Parents & Caregivers focus area supports parenting adults to aid young people’s development in all areas of their lives.

Sex Trafficking Prevention Grants

180 Degrees, Inc.


Funding supports culturally appropriate, trauma-responsive mental health services to sexually exploited youth.

Advocates for Human Rights


Funding supports work to analyze current laws, policies and practices to address and prevent sex trafficking in Minnesota.

Ain Dah Yung Center           


Funding supports emergency shelter services for sexually exploited youth.

Children’s Minnesota Foundation


Funding supports comprehensive strengths-based home visiting, case management and group support to runaways who have been sexually abused and/or exploited.



Funding supports research focused on child sexual exploitation prevention for boys in Minnesota.



Funding supports delivering the Not a Number human trafficking prevention curriculum in Minnesota.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota


Funding supports outreach to youth experiencing or at high risk of experiencing sexual exploitation and trafficking, as well as high-quality training to professionals working with this population.

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center


Funding supports mobile outreach to youth who are at high risk of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.



Funding supports general operations for a full array of services for young people in need of mental health support, and young people who are experiencing homelessness.

Rainbow Research


Funding supports the evaluation of the youth mentorship program for youth at risk for sex trafficking.

The Family Partnership


Funding supports the expansion of existing anti-sex trafficking programming for BIPOC, male-identified and LGBTQ+ youth.

The Link     


Funding supports sex trafficking prevention and intervention services for highly vulnerable youth.

Constellation Grants

K-12 Schools

BARR Center


Funding supports an effort to support, scale and evaluate the implementation of a K-12 evidenced-based teaching model in Twin Cities schools.

Black Men Teach


Funding supports the recruitment, placement, training and retention of Black male teachers in low-income elementary schools.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School


Funding supports a high school that provides rigorous college-prep coursework paired with corporate work experiences.

Reading Partners Twin Cities


Funding supports one-to-one literacy and reading skills tutoring for low-income elementary students by trained volunteers.

Saint Paul Public Schools


Funding supports efforts to dismantle racial bias by improving student-teacher relationships. 

Teach for America – Bay Area


Funding supports the recruitment and retention of interested individuals to teach in low-income schools in the Bay area.

Teach for America – Twin Cities


Funding supports efforts to find, develop and support a diverse network of teachers in the Twin Cities.

Thrive Ed


Funding supports efforts to reimagine K-12 education by bringing together students, educators and community members to co-design new ways for students to learn.

University of St. Thomas


Funding supports the expansion of trauma-informed professional development courses for K-12 staff, educators and administrators.

World Savvy Inc.


Funding supports the integration of global competence into K-12 teaching, learning and culture.

Parents & Caregivers



Funding supports efforts that provide wraparound services and mentoring for parents at risk of out-of-home placement.

Northside Achievement Zone


Funding supports classes designed to provide parents with the skills and tools to better understand their child’s development.

Project for Pride in Living Inc.


Funding supports a holistic supportive services model for parents and children.

St. Paul Promise Neighborhood


Funding supports an education partnership that puts children in the Frogtown, Rondo and Summit-University neighborhoods on the path to college and career success.

Way To Grow


Funding supports a holistic home visiting model focused on closing the academic achievement gap.

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