After-School Diamond Club

Who We Serve

Our after-school program is designed to ensure students can create meaningful and authentic relationships with young adult mentors who share their community and culture. Our focus is to provide nurturing and supportive relationships, constructive social engagement, and increased social-emotional competencies in a safe and equitable environment. Now, in our third year at Achieve Language Academy and Urban Academy in St. Paul, we have doubled our capacity to serve 120 students in grades 2-5 while ensuring a 2:1 student-to-mentor ratio.

Our Curriculum

Programs are mentor-led, follow lesson plans developed by an Urban educator expert, and align with the MN Department of Education Social Emotional Implementation Guidelines. Lesson plans and activities center around our core mission:


1) Healthy Meals – students receive healthy snacks of whole grains, fruit, and protein and have opportunities to take food home.

  • 2) Healthy Activity – physical activity combined with life skill building provides a unique and engaging approach to academic and social-emotional learning and promotes positive social interaction with peers and adults.
  • 3) Healthy Relationships – we maintain a 2:1 student-to-mentor ratio to ensure each student feels seen and heard. Healthy adult relationships profoundly impact a student’s development, providing support, inspiration, and the necessary skills to navigate life’s challenges and foster a brighter, more promising future for students, especially in underserved communities. We use mentor relationships to ignite student’s dreams and potential, fueling lasting optimism about the future and inspiring them to flourish as teens and adults.