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:
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.
We value all people and strive to meet everyone with acceptance, empathy, and understanding.
We promote voices and ideas, empowering exploration, creativity, and expression.
We celebrate the process of discovery, becoming, and acceptance, while strengthening integrity.
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
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.