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2017 Learning Labs

Learning Labs are dedicated to exploring issues and ideas, sharing techniques, and developing solutions. This is accomplished through an experiential learning format that:

Learning Labs - Session 1
9:15 - 10:15

Aging Where You Are - Minneapolis

Join us for an interactive session to discuss aging in place. Let’s discuss the places in our communities important to you and how easy it is to get there. Our goal is to identify specific places (intersections, routes, sites) and ways to improve them for older adults now and in the future.

Equity and the 20 Year Streets Funding

The 20 Year Streets Funding Plan is the document that details the process and criteria for how the City of Minneapolis selects street improvement projects for inclusion in the annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Come learn and discuss how the City is using a criteria-based process, with a focus on racial and economic equity, to prioritize street projects.

Refugees and Resettlement: Knowing Our Neighbors

A discussion on refugee resettlement process in the United States during a time of confusion about refugees being resettled. This discussion will help create greater understanding of the needs of refugees fleeing from persecution and beginning new lives in the United States.

Hmong Archives: Collecting and Preserving the Past for the Future

The Hmong Archives is a repository for collecting and preserving Hmong materials, reflecting the history of Hmong people. The Archives’ collections, with over 171,000 items, document the story of the Hmong community in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, as well as Hmong communities around the world. This collection creates a representation and record of Hmong history and culture.

Neighborhoods 101

Participate in an interactive workshop with City of Minneapolis and neighborhood staff and volunteers to discuss what neighborhoods do in Minneapolis.

Next Steps in Reshaping the North Minneapolis Local Food System

How can community gardens and horticultural enterprises serve the needs of individuals experiencing food insecurity. For it takes a village to raise a child.

ABCs 101: Ins and outs of Appointed Boards and Commissions

Learn the basics of serving on a City board or commission, the necessary parliamentary procedures for conducting committee business and how to apply to become a board or commission member.

All About the Benjamin's: Tips for Community Org's Seeking Government Funds

Is your organization interested in city and federal funding opportunities? Learn of important funding search engines and dispel the misconceptions about the rigor of applying for government funds. This lab will conclude with resources the Promise Zone can offer community organizations and a Questions and Answers segment.

Alternative Pathways to Home-Ownership

This Learning Lab focuses on nontraditional pathways to homeownership in the City of Minneapolis. Learn of the Minneapolis Homes program and receive information on the process to purchase foreclosed homes, vacant lots and the potential for co-operative housing.

Learning Labs - Session 2
10:30 - 11:45

African American Culture and Wellness

Are you interested in learning about cultural specific strategies to support African Americans?  Turning Point Inc., will share their cultural specific model to assist individuals dealing with chemical dependency, housing and employment challenges. You won’t want to miss this eye opening conversation.

CURA Twin Cities Gentrification Project

Learn about a University of Minnesota project researching gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Participate in a discussion with the researchers and City of Minneapolis staff about how this relates to Minneapolis 2040, the update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

Working Effectively with Muslim Clients & Colleagues: Introduction to Islam and Muslims

An interactive exercise gauges where the audience is on their understanding of the religion and basic beliefs and practices. This session then highlights Muslim demographics worldwide, in the United States and in Minnesota. This session includes an in-depth explanation of the religion and cultural norms, including keywords, holidays, and customs held in Muslim culture. The training concludes with a discussion on how Muslims practice their beliefs, emphasizing the continuum of diversity of practice within the religion.

Knowing Southeast Asian Political Refugees

This session focuses on effective outreach strategies and relational approaches for building trust and partnerships with Southeast Asian (SEA) communities. Learn of how SEA communities emigrated to the United States and how they built thriving communities here in the City of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Neighborhood Board Elections - Should I Run?

This interactive empowering session focuses on helping people decide if they should run for their neighborhood board. Learn the pros and cons of neighborhood work and what types of projects and programs are carried out at the neighborhood level. This session is facilitated by Neighborhood Staff and Volunteer Board Members to give first hand descriptions of what they have gained by being on their neighborhood board. Participants will learn who to contact, when their neighborhood elections are, and how to apply. Diverse participants are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop.

Building a Food Movement in North Minneapolis

Strengthen and support local community solutions related to food and food systems in North Minneapolis that will help build a healthy, equitable and sustainable community where all residents can thrive.

Racial Equity Foundations

Introduction to Racial Equity Foundations certificate series to support City of Minneapolis staff in building racial equity capacity and skillset. The classes are designed to introduce participants to a common set of racial equity terms and concepts. The courses also provide a supportive environment for staff to explore these concepts in community with other learners. Each course is 90 minutes in length and will be offered multiple times per year.

Understanding the Current State of Immigration

A panel of attorneys and community leaders will give the ins and outs of current immigration laws and procedures. They will provide an account of how it effects immigrant and refugee communities on a local and national level.

Learning Labs - Session 3
1:15 - 3:00

All About Youth

This learning lab will focus on Youth Violence Prevention activities and measures the City of Minneapolis, youth and community members can take to address youth violence. You won’t want to miss this robust conversation which will kick-off the City’s Youth Violence Prevention week.

Mapping Prejudice: Racial Covenants and Housing Segregation in 20th Century Minneapolis

Learn about Mapping Prejudice, an effort underway to map racially-restrictive covenants in Minneapolis. Participate in a discussion about how these covenants and other practices led to segregated housing and demographic patterns that remain today, and how this relates to Minneapolis 2040, the update to the City’s comprehensive plan.

Making Voting A Tradition

Make Voting A Tradition seeks to expand voter engagement and turnout in the Native community through activities like; educating community led leadership cohorts as frontline advocates for Get Out the Vote, developing youth advocates for voter education, registering Native voters, and holding candidate forums. MVAT partnering with City's Voter and Election Services created a model for nonpartisan voter engagement in urban Indigenous communities.

ABCs 301: City Policy and you

This learning lab will explore the City’s legislative process and detail how boards and commissions and its volunteers connect with decision makers. This is complementary to the "All about the ABC’s: The ins and outs of Appointed Boards and Commissions" learning lab. Current board and commission members are invited to this learning lab to discuss how each of their boards can work together on large city priorities and how their work can connect to the City’s goals.

Know Your Rights (Immigration)

This learning lab focuses on the rights of immigrants and interacting with immigration officers. Furthermore, how people can ally with and build safe communities and coalitions to support local immigrant and refugee communities.

Doing business in the City

Learn about new innovative initiatives underway at the City to help start, sustain and expand businesses in Minneapolis. Discuss the new Target Market Program for small businesses, Business Technical Assistance Program, Loan Programs, Contract Compliance Initiatives and collaborative efforts being led by the City's Innovation Team.

Neighborhood Profile Data and New Comparison Tool

Learn how to use neighborhood data tools to learn about and empower your community to take action. See your community through a data lens by building a custom data profile for your neighborhood and comparing to your regional neighbors using new tools from Minnesota Compass. We’ll guide you through the profiles and provide a structured space to discern how building a data profile for your area, with demographic, housing, and workforce characteristics, and other resources on Minnesota Compass can serve your community’s fundraising, communications, advocacy, and strategic planning needs.


Last updated Mar 27, 2017



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