James J. Hill Center Statement Regarding Current Closure

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Idea Academy


Imagine what you could do. Imagine who you could be. 

The James J. Hill Center believes in the intersection of education and entrepreneurship and assists youth in exploring it as a viable career, connecting them to new skills, business professionals and providing mentorship.

Idea Academy’s mission is to support the next generation of Original Thinkers by exposing them to new ideas, exploring new ways of thinking and encouraging them to dream big.

The program is designed to equip youth with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to thrive in today’s world by laying the groundwork for the development of hard and soft skills needed to succeed in business.

Idea Academy is open to students in grades 6 to 8 who want to explore, ideate and take risks.

Idea Academy: Grades 6 to 8 – Registration is Closed
Are you a maker or a doer? Do you have great ideas? Come learn how to  discover solutions, build concepts and pitch creative solutions to real-life problems.
Age: Entering grades 6 to 8
 Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Cost: $300 per students

Additional Camp Details:
Curbside drop off and pickup (exception on day #1)
Camp t-shirt included in price of camp
Field trips to nearby businesses
Guest speakers from the startup and business community
A finale pitch party & presentation for friends and family on the last day of camp

Limited scholarships are available. Applications for scholarships are now closed.

If you have additional questions please email [email protected].

Camp Instructors:

At 30 years old, Tracy Yang is a rising entrepreneur in the Twin Cities with already four businesses under her belt. She is owner of Train with Tracy, a health and wellness studio in South Minneapolis. She is the leader of ALL DAY, Minnesota’s first Funkstyles dance crew. She is CEO of Groove DogZ, an Asian-Fusion hot dog stand. Her latest endeavor: ALL DAY Studio – a dance studio located in the Creative Enterprise Zone in St. Paul that focuses on teaching urban street dance. Tracy desires to share her love for business and economics in hopes that it can help people make more informed financial decisions and inspire others to become entrepreneurs.

Lindsey Dyer is the Director of Library & Education at the James J. Hill Center. She has a MLIS from St. Catherine University and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In previous professional experience, Lindsey was both a Librarian and the Adult Services Coordinator with Dakota County Library where she was the project principal for a “Smart investing @ your library” grant awarded in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Dyer is the developer of Idea Academy educational camps and supports all function of the program.

Limited scholarships for 100% of the fee are available for families currently receiving public assistance in the form of TANF, MFIP, General Assistance, WIC, Medicaid or Medical Assistance, SSI, Foodstamps, MN Care, Section 8 Housing, or Free or Reduced Price School Meals. You will be awarded or declined depending on the availability of funds. Please email [email protected] for more information. 





Patrons with accessibility needs please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit.