Bismarck, ND (August 29, 2018) – Youthworks has received a $4,490 grant provided by the Taco Bell Foundation to support more than 30 youth in the Bismarck-Mandan community. The funding will go towards the New Direction program in Bismarck/Mandan, ND. New Direction is an after-school program providing homework assistance, mentoring, recreation, snacks, and a meal to High School Native American youth at-risk of failing in school. Programming is designed to enable and inspire teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential.

“We are thrilled to play a part in the Taco Bell Foundation’s investment in America’s youth,” said Mark Heinert, Program Manager of Youthworks. “We are excited to partner with another organization committed to championing education and empowering this nation’s next generation of leaders, you know there’s a special energy there. This mission we’re sharing is one with an enormous upside for our young people, our communities, and our country at large.”

Youthworks is one of more than 350 youth-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $5 million in grants being presented by the Taco Bell Foundation’s philanthropic arm this year. The awarded grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation’s goal to empower young people to channel their passions and go on to achieve their dreams.

“Young people have always been the heart and soul of our brand,” said Frank Tucker, Chief People Officer at Taco Bell and President of the Taco Bell Foundation. “Expanding our impact in this community is one of the best ways we can support the passions of young people and create opportunities that help them unlock and reach their potential.”

About Taco Bell Foundation
Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity that helps America’s young people follow their dreams and reach their full potential. Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has helped more than 3.5 million youth across the country and has awarded more than $72 million in grants and scholarships, focused on education and career readiness. In 2015, Taco Bell and the Taco Bell Foundation launched the Live Más Scholarship, a program aimed at empowering the nation’s next generation of dreamers, innovators and creators – those whose passions don’t fall into the conventional “academic” or “athletic” qualifying categories of traditional scholarship programs. In May of 2018, the Taco Bell Foundation awarded more than 300 employees and other deserving recipients with $3 million in Live Más Scholarships. For more information visit

Youthworks receives grant of $150,000 from the Otto Bremer Trust for transitional living program for homeless youth.

Youthworks receives grant of $150,000 from the Otto Bremer Trust for transitional living program for homeless youth.

Bismarck, North Dakota, (May 9, 2018) – Youthworks in North Dakota recently received a grant in the amount of $150,000 from Otto Bremer Trust to support their Transitional Living Program for homeless youth ages 18-21.

In 2017, Youthworks provided housing for 90 homeless youth. An additional 150 youth received support services and case management. Youthworks transitional living program helps individuals make the transition to independence through support and assistance with housing, education and independent living skills and employment.

“This is an investment in the youth of our community which will positively impact the lives of homeless youth throughout North Dakota,” said to Mark Heinert, Program Manager at Youthworks. “It is also a very sound financial investment in our state. Each youth that our program can help transition to independence will result in a cost savings (for tax payers) of more than $200,000 over the course of the lifetime of the youth. This can be seen in lower emergency room visits, lower incarceration rates, and less reliance on social welfare programs.”

For more than 30 years Youthworks has been successfully sheltering homeless youth in North Dakota. Without the help of the Otto Bremer Trust, 51 homeless youth would have found themselves without a safe place to sleep and without the essential services they need to transition into healthy adulthood.  “On behalf of the homeless youth we serve, we are extremely grateful to the Foundation for their partnership and commitment to serve homeless youth in North Dakota,” said Melanie Heitkamp, Executive Director at Youthworks.

Youthworks will be able to continue to provide these services and housing in 2018 thanks to the Otto Bremer Trust.

About the Otto Bremer Trust:
The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable turst established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. ODT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OTB is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit