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Blueprint Approved Institute 2017

The Summer Cohort is a group of 5-10 community-based agencies who have attended 5 or more BPAI Community Trainings in 2017. This competitive opportunity is for a $6,000 grant for the months of July-September for further training (each organization chooses its own training) and for Youth Violence Prevention programming.

10 free, public classes (community trainings) offered on Thursdays in April, May and June followed by a Summer Cohort. Eligible agencies are as follows. 


Community Trainings are intended for small community-based agencies in Minneapolis, but all are open to anybody interested!
Register on Eventbrite quickly, as space is limited! See below for a full schedule and Eventbrite links. 

All Community Trainings are 1-4pm on Thursdays in April, May and June.
Summer Cohort in July, August, September, and October. 

The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) or the Minneapolis Urban League.  See Eventbrites for specific location. 

Blueprint Approved Institute 2017 Schedule


 April 20

Historical Trauma in African American & Native Communities
Linda Eagle Speaker, Elder in Residence, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
Sam Simmons, Owner at Samuel Simmons Consulting

Register at Eventbrite here!

April 27
Historical Trauma in Latinx, Asian and Immigrant Communities

KaYing Yang, Policy Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders
Chong Txoov Louquieus Vang, Organizer, Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)
Rudolfo Gutierrez, Executive Director, Hispanic Advocacy & Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) 

Register at Eventbrite here!

May 11 
Mental Health in Youth
Farji Shaheer, Youth Intervention Coordinator, Next Step
Ferome Brown, GVI Coordinator & Case Manager, Affirmation House 

Register at Eventbrite here!

May 18
Social Media & Accessibility

Seygbai Kai, AmeriCorps VISTA Alum
Chris Garner, Communications Coordinator, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board 

Register at Eventbrite here!

May 25
Girls, Boys & LGBTQAI+ (Working with Young People Across Gender)

Neda Kellogg, Executive Director, Project DIVA
Korey "XROSS" Dean, Executive Director, Man Up Club & 1Way Entertainment
Esmé Rodriguez & Blaine Kelley, Youth & Schools Coordinators, OutFront Minnesota

Register at Eventbrite here!

June 1

Nothing About Us, Without Us, is For Us
Youth Staff Panel, The Link
Facilitated by The Link's POWER Program Manager, Emily Terrell

Register at Eventbrite here!

June 8

Community Research Methodology
Sasha Cotton, MHD Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator
Ocean Jurney, AmeriCorps VISTA, MHD 

Register at Eventbrite here!

June 15

Logic Model & Evidence-Based Practices in Youth Violence Prevention
Jared Erdmann, MHD Research & Evaluation 

Register at Eventbrite here!

June 22
Program Evaluation 101

Richard Carlson, MHD Research & Evaluation

Register at Eventbrite here!

June 29

The Aces Study
Brandon Jones, Minneapolis School Based Clinics


Last updated Jul 20, 2017



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