Youth Violence Prevention in Minneapolis 


Minneapolis addresses youth violence using a public health approach. Public health issues are preventable and affect the entire community. A public health approach to violence has three main focuses:

  1. Primary Prevention: helping communities stay safe and violence-free. 
  2. Secondary Prevention: redirecting at-risk individuals and groups to safer behaviors and environments. 
  3. Tertiary Prevention: rehabilitating those engaged in violence and fostering safe re-entry into the community. 

On all three levels of prevention, the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD) works with its partners—police, schools, parks, county services, community organizations, youth, and more—toward a common goal of reducing violence among young people in Minneapolis.

New initiatives include: replicating the evidence-based Group Violence Intervention strategy; Next Step, a hospital-based youth violence intervention program; and a CDC-funded project addressing shared risk and protective factors between teen dating violence and youth-violence. Policy work, including supporting sensible gun laws, is also an important component of MHD’s efforts. 



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Blueprint Approved Institute 2017
The Minneapolis Health Department’s Youth Violence Prevention team is so excited to announce the 2017 Blueprint Approved Institute (BPAI)!

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 -- $2,000 for further training (each organization chooses its own training), and $4,000 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. 


  • who have attended 5+ BPAI 2017 Community Trainings.
  • with a budget of less than $100,000 a year.
  • whose work can be categorized as Youth Violence Prevention (YVP).
  • operating at a low to moderate function.
  • in great need of capacity building to meet community needs for YVP.
  • serving Minneapolis youth at greatest risk of perpetuation or victimization of violence.

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. 
A Request for Applications is now open. All applications are due Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. 

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) 

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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 

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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

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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

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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

Register at Eventbrite here!


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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301. 

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Last updated May 18, 2017



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