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Minnesota: Support Groups
Divine Mercy Catholic Homeschool Co-op
Anne Johnson
Geographic Area Serving: Minneapolis, SW Metro Area
Description: Divine Mercy Catholic Homeschool Co-op, (DMCHC) is a group of families who meet for 24 Fridays during the school year. Our facility for 2009 – 2010 is St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 Sixth Street West, Jordan, MN. DMCHC is open to all who are respectful of our Catholic beliefs. On Fridays we hold classes for children between the pre-school through the high school years. Most classes are parent led. Class offerings include art, music, PE, Bible history, literary analysis, science and Lego science. We have three, eight week trimesters.
Requirements: Parents must be willing to participate with the day's activities. This is not a drop-off program.
Benefits: Spiritual and academic support
Cost: Varies, please see website for details

ECHO-MN (Early Childhood Homeschooling Opportunities)
Tina Foster
Geographic Area Serving: State of Minnesota
Description: Greetings! Our mission is to help others start local support groups in their area. We currently have open groups all over the metro area and are continually connecting people to start new groups. We also have a very active e-loop that can be joined thru our web site.
Requirements: Each group makes the decisions about how they run things, we give basic guidelines and ask members to make a group their own. The only requirements we have is once a group is formed, we are allowed to continue sending members to the group until the time comes to close to group due to the groups membership wishes. We also request that the groups be inclusive and value each member for their unique contribution.
Benefits: ECHO-MN, which is the umbrella group for all the local support groups, provides Children's Theatre tickets, class offerings, field trips and answers and support for all your homeschooling needs.
Cost: None

HEY - Home Educated Youth
HEY Representative
Geographic Area Serving: Central Minnesota
Description: Home Educated Youth (HEY) is a Central Minnesota home-school support group comprised of approximately 250 member families. HEY is a non-denominational, Christian-based group that welcomes all philosophies of home-schooling. Our mission is to collectively support the concept of Home-schooling; To help our members effectively teach our youth through the organization of information and resources, to share our talents and experiences, and to leverage our membership size to negotiate discounts for home-school products and services. The primary purpose of the HEY organization is the dissemination of home-school related information to the members. One of the primary benefits of HEY membership is inclusion on the HEY Email list which is used to keep our members informed of the many events and activities available to our home-schooling families. Within the main structure we have smaller 'focus' groups who's members share a common interest and often create co-op learning groups throughout the year. These small groups organize many activities open to HEY members such as field trips, theatrical plays, project fairs, and team sports.
Requirements: Membership dues
Benefits: - Monthly informational meeting -Resource and Support Group - Full access to 'Members Only' website section (post events, library, member directory, etc) - Membership card which is useful to get a teacher discount while purchasing school materials - Receive emails of events in the community - Get to know and form co-ops with other homeschoolers - Participate in graduation ceremony - Get involved with Enrichment days - HEY Rally: to buy/sell curriculums, motivational speaker, energized for new year - Field Trip opportunities - Legislative Alerts - Baseball/T-ball, Basketball and Soccer Groups exclusive to HEY members only - Meeting people - HEY Library - HEY Theatre - HEY Project Fair - St. Cloud Homeschool Band - HEY Picnic - Book It Program (for Kindergarten thru 6th grade) - Make It Plates group rates - Support one another and get connected - Access to testing options - Classes offered by veteran homeschoolers (writing, sewing, guitar, etc)
Cost: $20 yearly

Homeschool Adventures
Homeschool Adventures Leadership Council
Geographic Area Serving: Twin Cities and surrounding areas, Minnesota
Description: Provides a support structure and network for individual homeschoolers to set up homeschool field trips, custom classes and other homeschool events. The HSAdventures website provides an extensive database of field trip ideas and custom class options and many other resources to help individual homeschoolers select and organize successful events and avoid the most common problems encountered by volunteer organizers of group events. Homeschool Adventures website also includes a calendar of local secular homeschool events offered by area organizations, as well as providing a place to find local homeschool discounts, local homeschool groups, local homeschool tutors, and local homeschool testing resources.
Requirements: None. Resources on the Homeschool Adventures website are fully accessible to everyone. Homeschool families in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and surrounding areas are encouraged to join the HSAdventures Yahoo Group. Any member of the HSAdventures Yahoo Group can organize an HSA Event - there are no prerequisites, requirements, or permissions needed to get started, but there is plenty of support! Homeschool Adventures is an all-volunteer secular, inclusive homeschool support organization committed to fulfilling our mission without discrimination, including discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or handicap, veteran status, economic status, or religion.
Benefits: With 1800+ member families, the HSAdventures Yahoo Group provides a large member base from which volunteer organizers can find participants. Whether for a small, intimate class or a large group excursion, the HSAdventures Yahoo Group is a great place to find others who share your interests.
Cost: Participation costs vary with activities

Kingdom Builders Co-op
Suanne Colegrove
Chris Berg
Geographic Area Serving: Twin cities area
Description: Kingdom Builders is a Christian, family-oriented home school co-op in the south metro area of the Twin Cities that meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month for classes. We offer art, gym, and science taught by paid teachers.
Requirements: Parents are required to stay at co-op while classes are held. The parents help supervise the classrooms, assist in nursery, and are expected to help out on committees.
Benefits: We offer optional field trips the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. During the year, we offer several opportunities for the student's personal growth through such activities as a science fair, a spelling bee, a geography bee, oral presentations, and a talent show at the end of the year. We set aside time during the co-op day for gently supervised club times after class time is over.
Cost: Varies

Learning Together Rochester
Pernell R Meier
Pernell Meier
Geographic Area Serving: Southeast Minnesota
Description: Learning Together Rochester is a secular, liberal homeschool group in Rochester, MN. We have members with all different educational styles, religious affiliations and beliefs. We have children ranging from infants to 13. We meet on Wednesday mornings, several times per month for a relaxed couple of hours of learning, cooking, crafts and games. We also meet for get-togethers and field trips periodically. We'd love to have you join us! No fees, inclusive. Search for us on Facebook.
Requirements: None - just an open-mind
Benefits: Friendship for kids and parents, opportunities for mutual learning
Cost: None

Mankato Area Home Educators
Chris Oldenburg
Geographic Area Serving: Mankato, Minnesota
Description: The goal of MAHE is to provide homeschooling families with the opportunity to share activities and events. We have regular meetings, go on a wide variety of field trips, attend educational events, perform community services, and share our homeschool experiences. Our group is open to everyone who is homeschooling in the Mankato area.
Requirements: This group is open to anyone homeschooling in the Mankato area, regardless of homeschool style. People who participate in the group are encouraged, but not required, to help plan at least one activity per year.
Benefits: One of the largest benefits of this group is the regular sharing of information relevant to homeschooling families about upcoming opportunities. Members can request to be contacted by phone or email when updates occur.
Cost: None

Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance
Amy Leinen
Geographic Area Serving: State of Minnesota
Description: Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance (MHA) is a statewide organization that provides information and support to homeschooling families.
Requirements: MHA is nonsectarian - there is no religious affiliation or orientation, and people of all faiths and beliefs are welcome. Our members are a diverse group of families with different backgrounds and different approaches to homeschooling, but we all share a common goal: to encourage and facilitate families that choose to educate their children at home.
Benefits: There are tons of benefits to joining MHA: Member Handbook on homeschooling, The Grapevine (our quarterly newsletter), support phoneline, legislative watch, support groups, teen group, member discounts, an events e-list, MHA membership directory and volunteer opportunities.
Cost: None

Plymouth Area Homeschoolers
Danielle Lucas
Geographic Area Serving: Plymouth, Minnesota
Description: Plymouth Area Homeschoolers is a new group based on the principals of Families learning together to train, teach and prepare the hearts of their children for Jesus Christ. Plymouth Area Homeschoolers (PAH)is a group of home educating families who have decided to use their gifts and talents in a cooperative way to provide mutual encouragement, social interaction between children in a parent supervised environment, and join efforts in stimulating learning opportunities that would otherwise be difficult to meet.
Requirements: We will have regular meetings.
Benefits: Planned field trips, local events sharing, and regular support
Cost: None

Rochester Area Association of Christian Home Educators
John Henckel
507 753-2216
Geographic Area Serving: Southeastern Minnesota
Description: The purpose of this corporation is to provide educational support, training, help and encouragement for home educators and students based upon Biblical principles, to facilitate excellence in academics, character, and citizenship. RAACHE is a Minnesota non-profit corporation, tax exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. This support group has been serving home educators in the Rochester area since it was formed in 1983.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Monthly newsletters, alternately e-news and paper newsletter, graduation, choir, band, girls' volleyball, girls/boys basketball, hand-bells, annual picnic, monthly support meetings for moms
Cost: $25 annually in July

TEACH Christian Co-op
Susan Isom
Alison Roach
Geographic Area Serving: Twin City and surrounding area
Description: TEACH Christian Co-op, is expanding its 2014-2015 class offerings for grades K-12!! Meeting weekly in St. Louis Park, Sept-May, for 32 weeks, semester & partial or half semester classes run Tuesday morning ‘til early afternoon. Classes include: IEW, Science, Art, Spanish, Drama, Robotics and other electives. Childcare (0-5 yr) available. Drop -off gr 7-12 only. Class size limited.
Requirements: Parents (K-6)are required to stay at co-op while classes are held. The parents help tutors in classrooms, assist in nursery, etc. Drop off parents (gr 7-12) may be scheduled for some help.
Benefits: Enrichment
Cost: Varies- please inquire