James Blake, Stacie Blaskowski and Brian Schaffer
Community Planning and Economic Development and Information Technology departments
Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson nominated the team for creating a Youth Asset Inventory.
“This cross-disciplinary team was tasked with creating a platform to visualize youth assets in the city. The Youth Cabinet identified this Youth Asset Inventory as a priority for 2015. Youth Cabinet members sought to better understand the relationship between:
- Where youths of different ages and their families live in the city.
- Racial demographics in schools and neighborhoods.
- Distribution of services and amenities (schools, parks, youth programs, childcare).
“The team created a data visualization tool. The Youth Asset Inventory platform provides snapshots in time as well as trends over time, giving insights into race, school stability, access to childcare and other key themes that help policymakers in shaping equitable and focused attention on issues important to the city’s youths and their families.
“The inventory will be useful to the Youth Coordinating Board and other youth-serving branches of the city as they advise businesses, such as child care facilities considering where to expand, and to residents (especially families) wondering about youth services in their area.
“The team secured data from Minneapolis Public Schools, WhatsUp612 and the City to create the Youth Asset Inventory ... They worked together to collect, visualize and interpret the data … They exemplify the spirit of innovation and partnership in the provision of City services and policymaking.”
Published Feb 23, 2016