Interim Executive Director
Kevin Winge was named YouthCARE’s Interim Executive Director in January 2018. Winge is the former executive director with Open Arms of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and most recently was the executive director at Project Open Hand in San Francisco, CA. Winge begins immediately and will guide YouthCARE for six months and assist in selecting a permanent executive director.
Winge served as Open Arms of Minnesota executive director twice, from 1997-2002 and again from 2004-2011. During his tenure, the organization was transformed from a grassroots operation into a vibrant nonprofit. Winge expanded the vision and grew its operations from one paid employee to a 30-person staff with more than 1,200 volunteers. He also led an $8.1 million capital campaign that brought together donors, government agencies, neighborhood groups and developers to construct a large building with a commercial kitchen.
While with Project Open Hand in San Francisco (2012-15), Winge spearheaded a strategic planning process to create a framework for program and operational growth. Project Open Hand improved its program efficiencies and the nutritional quality of meals, while also shifting the focus from illness to wellness and from hunger to nutrition. Winge is actively involved and engaged with the nonprofit community in the Twin Cities as a board member with Theater Latté Da and as secretary on the Acacia Global International Nonprofit Board of Directors. Winge was awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship to obtain a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School and conducted fieldwork in South Africa. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Harvard Club of Minnesota Board of Directors for the Kennedy School Alumni.
Camp Sunrise Director
Isiah grew up in north Minneapolis and attended high school in Hopkins, MN. Before being promoted to the Camp Director position, Isiah worked at Camp Sunrise as the Assistant Director, Program Coordinator and Head Counselor. Isiah also supervises the Youth Advisory Council, social and recreational events during the school year, and camper recruitment.
Community Programs Director
Kou Xiong became involved with YouthCARE in 2003 as a camper attending Camp Sunrise. Growing up in the organization’s leadership ladder he held various roles within the organization throughout the years and rejoined the YouthCARE family in the summer of 2013 working at McDonough Townhomes as the program specialist. He was named Community Programs Director in September 2017. Kou attended Gustavus Adolphus College pursuing a degree in Sociology/Anthropology. Prior to rejoining YouthCARE, Kou served as an Americorps Promise Fellow with Eco Education serving young people and educators through innovative, culturally-relevant programs that empower young people to improve the health of the environment and their communities. He is interested in exploring the relationships between community development, racial equality, cultural diversity, environmental issues, and education. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, relaxing with his dog, spending time outside, watching movies, cooking home cooked meals, and just stopping to enjoy the little things in life.
Young Women's Mentoring Program Coordinator - Little Earth
Cheyanna Hurd is in her first year at the Little Earth coordinator of the Young Women’s Mentoring Program She started with YouthCARE in 2016 as a Minneapolis program specialist with YouthLEAD. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Robbinsdale. Prior to working at YouthCARE, she was the Administrative Assistant at the Minneapolis American Indian Center and Camp Fire MN as a Club Leader for kids K-5. She has her Associates Degree in Human Service from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She always knew she wanted to work with people, particularly youth, to encourage empowerment and leadership. In her free time, she enjoys playing and talking about sports, spending time with her family, and seeing the world as much as she can! She has a quote that she stands by and encourages others to hear the words, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi.
Young Women's Mentoring Program Coordinator - McDonough Homes