OUR VISION is a community where all young adults feel valued.

OUR MISSION is to provide a welcoming, youth-centered environment that nurtures self-expression, fosters meaningful community interactions, and builds life skills.

OUR VALUES are:

BELONGING

We create an environment that is safe and welcoming to all – all races; ethnicities; sexual orientations; genders; faiths; political affiliations; physical, emotional and mental states; ages; and social and economic status.

RESPECT

We value all people and strive to meet everyone with acceptance, empathy, and understanding.

EXPRESSION

We promote voices and ideas, empowering exploration, creativity, and expression.

GROWTH

We celebrate the process of discovery, becoming, and acceptance, while strengthening integrity.

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

We encourage care of our minds, bodies, communities, and the earth around us.

 

Why SLP Nest?

SLP Nest is a place to gather, relax, and interact with peers and community through arts exploration in a welcoming, safe and supportive environment.

 

 

Teens today grow up in formal and organized settings without time or space to learn who they are and how to express themselves with confidence. Little time remains for relaxing and engaging with others. To the extent they do engage with friends, peers or the broader community, it is often through electronic and virtual media rather than in person.

 

Teens of SLP have told us they need more places and ways to pause, play with new ideas, and engage with each other informally. They need time and encouragement to figure out who they are and how they want to be in the world. 

SLP Nest is their space to de-stress

SLP Nest is their space to explore

        SLP Nest is their Creative Lab & Lounge

 
 

Our Team

SYMONE WILSON  / PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Symone Wilson is a business professional in the music, tech, and marketing scene. With SLP Nest, she's excited by the opportunity to provide outlets for young adults to express themselves and curate their atmospheres.  

PATRICIA WOMACK / LEAD COORDINATOR

Patricia Womack brings her years of youth-centered experience and warm energy to SLP Nest. She has a passion for making sure that others can have a space where they can be their fullest selves, a perfect fit with SLP Nest's mission.

AMY ARCAND  / INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Amy Arcand has two decades of nonprofit management experience and specializes in interim executive leadership. Amy is passionate about good governance, community engagement, partnerships and building strong organizational foundations. She has dedicated her career to ensuring that community voices are heard and to helping organizations and groups move their ideas to reality. 

RACHEL STEIN / STUDENT INTERN

Rachel Stein is a rising senior at St. Louis Park High School and has been working at the Nest as a student intern. She has been an important part of SLP Nest's communication activities this year. She is motivated, passionate, and always excited to learn more from the Nest.

Our Board

JULIA SCHMELZER / CHAIR

Julia Schmelzer grew up in the Twin Cities and, for the past 20 years, has called St Louis Park her home. Her daughter just graduated with the class of 2020 from St. Louis Park High School and her son (15) is a student at SLP High School. Julia has been working at General Mills for over 20 years and is currently a Product Design Accelerator, facilitating cross functional teams in developing or improving food products. She is the founding Chair of SLP Nest. 

THOM MILLER / TREASURER

Thom Miller and his wife Karin have lived in SLP for 20 years where they have raised three children, all of whom graduated from St. Louis Park High School.  Thom has been a community organizer and a city council person. He has been involved with SLP Nest since the beginning.

LARA CLEVELAND / SECRETARY

Lara Cleveland has lived in St. Louis Park for the past 21 years. She and her husband Robb have two daughters who graduated from St. Louis Park High School and now attend college. Lara is a Research Scientist at the University of Minnesota's Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, leading the IPUMS International data infrastructure project. She joined SLP Nest while it was still in the planning phase.

 

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