Introducing the 2019 Blueprint Approved Institute Summer Cohort! 

Brothers Foundation
The Brothers Foundation was formed by young men connected to the streets from rival northside gangs on a mission to prevent/interrupt and divert northside youth from participating in street/gang violence. As fathers of young males reaching middle school age, we are reminded of what caused us to put down the balls and pick up the guns. Peer pressure, belonging to a group, and being seen caused us to make bad choices. We want to get ahead of the curve and interrupt any alienation with society that occurs as they enter their teens. If we save the youth, we save the future.

Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program
The Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program (CRNRP) is a community based nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to administer the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds provided by the city of Minneapolis. In 2019, CRNRP was also tasked with administering the city’s Citizen Participation Program (CPP) for the West Bank. The mission of the CRNRP is to support residents and stakeholders of the West Bank neighborhood by providing culturally appropriate tools and resources to promote civic engagement, leadership development, and equitable access to economic and educational opportunities for all its constituents.

Center for Multicultural Mediation
The Center for Multicultural Mediation (CMM) is a Minnesota nonprofit that supports African immigrants, refugees and their descendants ability to live successful multi-cultural lives. CMM builds on an African culture that values family, responsibility, and service. We support community leaders, strong families, and resilient individuals by improving communication skills, relationships across families and cross-cultural understanding with Minnesota’s mainstream community. Our services resolve conflicts and disagreements and relieve inherent stress hindering the community’s ability to thrive. We build strengths and assets to help youth, families, and communities successfully transition to life in Minnesota, escape poverty and interact positively with public systems.

Hoodnerds Youth Inc.
Hoodnerds Youth Inc. is an organization designed by youth and led by youth to support at risk youth and LBTQ youth ages 12-24 with career development, social and emotional learning, and trauma informed care so they may thrive within their communities.

Kaleidoscope Healing Arts
Sex Positive Self-Defense is about learning to say "No” to what you don't want and "Yes" to what you do. It's about reclaiming the power for creativity and self-expression and building healthy, loving relationships. Youth learn leadership skills for self-advocacy and community advocacy, to actively resist and heal from violence in all its forms. Verbal and physical skills include environmental awareness, boundary-setting and de-escalation, as well as tools for sexual negotiation and consent. Classes are particularly geared towards youth who have been sexually exploited or are at risk of being exploited. Offered in shelters, drop-in centers and social service agencies, for youth of all ages and abilities, all genders and all sexual orientations.

Minnesota Muslim Helpline
Minnesota Muslim Helpline is a grassroots, community-based helpline. They offer telephone support to those experiencing crisis or difficulty. Minnesota Muslim Helpline is a 100% free, confidential crisis line with culturally and religiously sensitive advocates who are familiar with and have a basic understanding of Islam and the unique struggles Muslim youth and adults face.

Phumulani, Minnesota African Women Against Violence
Phumulani is a culturally specific non-profit organization serving African women and girls facing gender-based violence. They believe that African born victims and survivors should have access to culturally specific and appropriate healing, including resources. They are dedicated to preventing domestic violence and sexual abuse in communities of color throughout Minnesota and the nation. By providing culturally-specific resources to women and girls of African descent, they hope to change the cycle of gender-based abuse in this vulnerable population. Phumulani strives to provide education, advocacy and leadership to sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors of color throughout Minnesota by raising community awareness of, response to and support for African immigrants and refugees.

Protect Minnesota
Protect Minnesota was founded in 1991 as a coalition of 16 statewide groups committed to working together to prevent gun violence. The Minnesota Public Health Association was one of its first and most active member organizations, establishing the public health model as its primary approach. Originally named Citizens for a Safer Minnesota, the group was instrumental in passing legislation at both the state and national level in the 1990s to keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers. Now, 27 years after its founding, Protect Minnesota is still the only independent, statewide gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota. Although they are no longer a coalition, they are still committed to working in partnership with non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and law enforcement to prevent gun violence in our state.

Restorative Justice Community Action, Inc. 
RJCA has been providing youth restorative justice diversion since 2010 and has helped lead the restorative justice collaborative agencies for the MPD diversion program. In 2018, RJCA’s Executive Director created an incubator for three African American practitioners to develop their work in juvenile diversion, and to further their ambitions as practitioners, independent entrepreneurs, or non-profit leaders. The incubator has nearly completed its 1st year and has been successful in creating work, resource, and development opportunities. As a leader, RJCA seeks to support community engagement in the lives of youth, especially those who are in contact with the criminal justice system. To best meet the needs of these youth, engaging leaders in the community that match the youth served is paramount

SCOUT stands four Safe Communities of Untied Tribes and Safety Champions of United Tribes. The SCOUT initiative’s mission is to increase collective efficacy and reduce crime in the Little Earth Community. This mission is achieved through positive civil engagement, creating success pathways for youth, as well as building a peacemaking program.

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Somali Mothers of Minnesota 
The Somali Mothers of Minnesota is an all-volunteer, emerging nonprofit founded by mothers from the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Their passion and energy advocating for resources and programs to help young people, families, and businesses has earned them the attention and respect of Minneapolis city officials, staff, and other organizations and institutions from the local nonprofit sector.

Somali Mothers are succeeding one step at a time, addressing priorities that include reversing the tide of youth violence, confronting an epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse among youth and young adults, and a lack of employment opportunities for young people and new Americans, and the need for additional recreational space, green space, and programs for the many diverse people who call the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis their home.

Strength Group
Strength Group is all about the safety of our children and communities. Our vision is to maintain safe environments within our community.

Strong Roots Foundation
The Strong Roots Foundation is an organization that focuses on the community as a whole. Our mission and goal is to engage our community by having free events in the urban community that are designed to engage and encourage families of all backgrounds to get out and engage one another.

Transition Plus
Transition Plus is an organization put together to help assist youth in their transition from high school to college. Currently, we are working with a total of three young ladies that have recently graduated and will be attending colleges out of state. We are working to help them with the resources, connections, support, and motivation they need throughout their process and transition. Transition Plus is currently associated with Keeping My Focus.

Unlimited Next Level
Unlimited Next Level was founded in 2015 under the direction of Mr. Stephan A. Graham who has since passed away in 2012. My daughter Deondrea Cole and parent volunteers has since have kept the performing arts program going, keeping Mr. Grahams Passion and Dreams going strong in the community.
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2018 Cohort Members  

1 Family 1 Community 

1 Family 1 Community is an organization in North Minneapolis that work with young people involved in gangs. They provide services in education, mentoring, life skills, and entrepreneurship. Their goal is to reduce chronic homelessness and remedy the root causes of housing instability among the black community, individuals living in shelters, low-wealth earning families, individuals with criminal records, and families living in extreme poverty. For the summer cohort, they will be working with the Minneapolis Health Department and the police department to provide services for post incident crisis intervention. They will also be doing outreach with youth directly impacted by a shooting/homicide. Finally, they will identify and recruit youth to participate in group support work where they’ll be trained to facilitate circle work, restorative practice, storytelling, and reflection. 

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Art is My Weapon

Art is My Weapon's goal is to reduce person to person crimes using illegal firearms and to transform the narrative of public safety within North Minneapolis. To do this, they use art as a medium to bring awareness within community from the street to legislative bodies. They hope to reach all people that are affected or can be affected by gun violence. For the summer cohort, they plan on hosting a youth exhibition where youth leaders will choose 10 youth artists to participate in this event. The exhibition will be open to the public.

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Dim Events, LLC 

Dim Events, LLC. strives to create interactive experiences where people from different cultures can come together and learn about each other’s commonalities. They believe in developing communities in order to strengthen and better one another. For the summer cohort, they are planning on having a violence prevention sports day where they give children information about preventing violence and an opportunity for children to play sports in a safe environment. Through the use of team sports activities, they hope to show students how to interact with each other in a safe manner.

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Keeping My Focus (KMF) 

KMF is an organization that strives to reduce youth violence by empowering youth to become leaders within their communities. They provide interactive tools that help engage and inspire youth to focus on their strengths and build on their weaknesses. In this way, they can go on to teach others what they learned. For the summer cohort, KMF will be hosting a summer youth program that will empower 5 youth through community service, events, and through lawn care and gardening. 

NorthPoint Be @ School Program 

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center strives to decrease youth violence through their [email protected] program whose mission is to increase school attendance and improve community connections across Hennepin County. Through this program, they host the LEAD program, which is an out of school program that provides positive social-emotional engagement for youth. In the LEAD Summer Youth Violence Program, they strive to address youth violence’s impact and effect on youth. It is a youth-driven program where youth can candidly and constructively talk about how violence affects them and address the issues brought on by violence.

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Peace by Piece 

Peace by Piece’s mission is to inspire youth so that they can grow up to be productive entrepreneurs and to help them navigate society by working and healing one another. Their goal is to instill the necessary skills that would allow them to reimagine alternate realties in life, health, work, play, study, and spirituality through their interactions with each other and through mentorship. 

Restoration, Inc. 

Restoration Inc. is a faith-based human service agency whose mission is to help restore broken individuals, families, and organizations that are struggling with life issues and challenges. There they have a four-tiered program that helps encourage, uplift, and empower those who are hurting by using a spiritual, holistic approach. The first tier is side-by-side mentoring with African American Youth. The second tier is through their Family Forward program which helps families create values, goals, and a vision to guide the family unit. The third tier is through their Culturally Competent Consultant Program that helps train government agencies, schools, and community-based organizations about violence prevention. Finally, the fourth tier helps individuals and families create self-sufficiency and financial freedom by working with public and private sector employers. For the summer cohort, they will host a program called the Restoring Hope Fest where families from across the city will be able to play games and participate in activities while learning about violence prevention and receive free school related items.








Last updated Aug 1, 2019



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