For the Kids Logo with a black and white photo of children holding hands. April 22, 2022 | 6PM | The Depot Minneapolis

We are pleased to announce that For the Kids! – Empowering The Next Generations of Change Makers will be back at The Depot Minneapolis on April 21, 2023 at 5:30PM.

For the Kids! provides an opportunity for us to come together as a community to support our BGCTC Club youth while making an investment that ensures we continue creating equitable opportunities for all young people. 

This year, Club teens will go back to the FTK! Shark Tank with Keystone Projects focused on “Reaching Equity in Our Diversity.” They will work in teams to identify and address relevant and critical issues directly related to race and racism that are impacting youth and the broader communities where they live. At For the Kids – Empowering Our Next Generations of Change Makers, guests will have the opportunity to hear directly from our FTK! Tank teams with the winning team receiving a cash prize to further develop and implement their Keystone Projects.


Emcee Miss Shannan Paul

Premier Silent and Live Auction

Interview session with BGCTC’s CEO & Club Alumni

Speech from this year’s Youth of the Year

FTK! Tank Keystone Projects

Energizing performance by our Club Youth

Join us for an uplifting evening as we come together to show our collective support for our amazing BGCTC Club youth, staff, and alumni!

Reach out to Special Events Coordinator Nardous Aynalem at [email protected] with any questions.

Meet Your Hosts:

Miss Shannan Paul (Emcee)

See Miss Shannan as a regular on “The Jason Show.” Plus, hear Miss Shannan weekly on MyTalk 107.1 hosting the “Health and Wealth Show,” and her podcast called “Be Our Geek.”

She was named 2020’s “Best Stand-up Comedian” by City Pages ®. Campus Activities Magazine® included Miss Shannan as one of eight Top Speaker Picks for 2015. Her storytelling and irresistible smile are sure to crack up even the most stone-faced curmudgeon. She can relate to just about everyone whether they be business professionals, students, Sci-Fi fans, jocks, or soccer moms.

Kurt Johnson (Auctioneer)


Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has carved a niche as one of the nation’s premier benefit and corporate motivational auction companies. With 30 years’ experience and over 2,600 auctions to its credit, Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has raised more than $200 million for nonprofit organizations. Our award-winning staff is well-known for entertaining/engaging its audience; sharing information about an event’s cause; and calling attendees to action through lively bidding and good-natured fun. The end result is a successful live auction achieved through the excitement of audience collaboration.

2023 Corporate and Event Partners


Weinert Family Foundation

Al & Kathy Lenzmeier


Bally Sports North logo


Tom & Holly Roos


Tom & Jeanne Schnack

Jim & Suzanne Franklin


Jason & Catherine Lipinsky


Kevin & Jennifer Berg

For more information, please contact Nardous Aynalem at [email protected]