Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute

Our mission is to empower underresourced K-12 students in the Twin Cities to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute navigates the latitude and longitude of learning in the Twin Cities through free creative programs for Twin Cities youth.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a whimsically-themed nonprofit with the mission of empowering underresourced K-12 students in the Twin Cities to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically alongside a community of volunteers. MOI serves over 1,600 students annually, and is working to expand its programs and services to empower more Twin Cities youth. We offer five free programs to students in the Twin Cities: After-School Homework HelpStorytelling & Bookmaking Field TripsYoung Authors’ Book Project, In-School Tutoring, and Creative Writing Workshops. We are the Twin Cities' premier portal for creative writing, giving muse and amusement to kids as they captain the stories of their lives.

Together with our courageous crew of dedicated educators, trailblazing volunteers (who are the heart of our programs), and devoted stakeholders, we’ve been successfully working with youth throughout the Twin Cities for over eight years. In the 2016-2017 school year, our 175 active volunteers served over 1,600 students across our five arms of programming.

Contribute today to the Voyage Fund—We’re moving!

As our programs continue to expand, we are looking to reach more students, as well as be closer to the communities we currently serve. And we believe we’ve found an ocean of possibilities across the river. In the summer of 2018, MOI will be voyaging to a new space in South Minneapolis. We’re calling on friends, family, and community members to support the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute make the journey to its new space through a donation to our Voyage Fund.

Your donation will help calm the seas during travel and get our vessel in ship shape. The new and improved MOI will have an open tutoring floor, a library and reading nook, computers, school supplies, and…sonar equipment to track the creatures and ideas that lurk deep in the ocean. Plus, our caring volunteers and signature programs will be voyaging with us.

And as an added bonus, when you give as part of Give to the Max Day 2017, we have a $10,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor! Support our #MOIVoyageFund x #GTMD17 campaign to stretch your gift even further.

So what's up with the wacky name? Glad you asked!

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a chapter-in-development with 826 National, a nationwide tutoring and creative writing network co-founded by award-winning author, Dave Eggers. Each 826 National chapter features a unique and whimsical theme, which serves multiple purposes. It offers a creative space for creative writing, it allows each chapter to have a quirky storefront to sell merchandise and student work, and it de-stigmatizes needing assistance with academics.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a play on our beloved landlocked state of Minnesota, nestled a-thousand-and-more miles away from any ocean.

Inspired by the successes of the 826 model in other markets—including The Pirate Supply Store in San Francisco, The Time Travel Mart in LA, and Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Co. in Washington DC—it's our ultimate goal to become part of this widely successful national network, and we feel moving to this new space will be a whale of a step in the right direction!

Visit our website to learn more about our programs, mission, and move!
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