Community engagement in action
Photo: Upper right, Public safety fair, Upper left, Southeast Asian soccer team, Lower right, 2015 American Indian Month parade, Lower left, Ready Camp bag.
The Southeast Asian Soccer team wraps up another season: Since September 2014, the Southeast Asian community in Minneapolis has been gathering at Farview Park every Saturday morning to play soccer and learn about programs and opportunities at the City of Minneapolis. This initiative was started by Michael Yang, Southeast Asian Community Specialist in the Neighborhood and Community Relations department to engage the community and share information about the City in a new way. The winter season ended on Saturday, April 25th, Mayor Hodges was there to present the winning teams their trophy’s.
Northside residents learn important safety skills at Public Safety Fair: On Saturday, May 2nd, the Neighborhood and Community Relations department hosted a Public Safety Fair at North Commons Park. The purpose of the event was to allow residents to meet and interact with public safety officials. City, County, and Park Board public safety officials shared the most up to date public safety information with attendees. Hennepin county offered free Hands Only CPR & AED training.
Hundreds attend the American Indian Month Kick-off Parade: A parade held on Friday, May 1st kicked off American Indian Month in the City of Minneapolis. Each year, American Indian organizations showcase programs and services that are available to support and enrich the community throughout the month of May. For a list of events, please visit the 2015 American Indian Month Facebook page.
Residents get "Ready" at Ready Camp: On April 29th and May 5th members of neighborhood organizations, City staff, and the City’s Cultural Services Unit (CSU) volunteers attended a two evening training program that teaches individuals how to prepare, sustain, and recover from natural and man-made catastrophes with little assistance for 72 hours. The training was offered through co-sponsorship between the Neighborhood and Community Relations and Emergency Management Departments. CSU members represent diverse and non-English speaking communities in Minneapolis. They are trained to be prepared to get information out to their communities in the case of a disaster or epidemic.
The first lab in a series of "Learning Labs" was held on April 29th: NCR partnered with CPED on a workshop to help neighborhood organizations work better with the City and developers on development projects. The lab was titled “Effectively Shaping Neighborhood Development Projects” and featured Ted Tucker (Planning Commission member and former Marcy-Holmes board member) and CPED planners Jason Wittenberg and Haila Maze. More labs are planned for this spring; visit our website to learn more.
Last updated May 7, 2015