Organization:Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation
Project Description:The Youth Mentoring and Employment Project trains youth (13-18) in job skills and resume building. Youth receive one-to-one mentoring and learn to understand the demands of what it takes to obtain and keep a job. The Project is a collaboration of Urban Ventures with Minneapolis Public Schools, Cristo Rey High School, the WorkForce Center Step-Up program, Hennepin County Parol, and more than 20 companies and corporations who employ these youth. Youth in the program truly see the connection between school completion and their future success.
is nominating this project because:Urban Ventures Youth HUB works with the poorest neighborhoods in Minneapolis and is makig a practical and life-changing difference in the lives teens. They effect this change one youth, one family at a time through supportive mentoring relationships and training that remain in place. Youth also find a safe and fun place to participate in activities, learning enhancement, sports, trips and events and learn the possibilities of life.
Veterans and Students Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities brings together volunteers and communities to repair the homes of low-income homeowners.
When qualified homeowners are not capable of making needed repairs, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities will coordinate the volunteers, skilled labor, tools and supplies necessary to fix the homes.
We focus our efforts on older adults, individuals living with disabilities or families with children-- tailoring services to meet the needs of each individual homeowner.
Change Community Organizations From the Inside Out through Personal Empowerment
Twin Cities RISE!’s Empowerment Institute (EI) helps community organizations change from the inside out so that they become more effective at meeting their own mission and goals. EI provides Personal Empowerment training to local partner organizations in order to help them create an empowered culture, have more productive employees, and provide their clients with the skills they need to make transformative changes in their lives to become independent.
Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives
The N.W. Minnesota Council of Collaboratives is a unique, innovative partnership of seven county governments, 32 child-serving organizations (social services, public health, mental health, law enforcement, corrections, community action programs), 25 school districts and families in N.W. Minnesota.
Strengthening Our New Generation (STRong)
STRong, a partnership with St. Stephen’s Human Services is one of four programs across the United Stated chosen to implement a program serving at risk or homeless mothers age 25 and under with at least one child age 5 and under. The programs are funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation. STRong was implemented to address the needs of this population through a team approach that integrates housing, child development, chemical dependency, and mental health services. The services are combined into one seamless system that avoids duplication of resources and fragmentation of services.
Coalition for a Municipal ID "I am Minneapolis"
In the State of Minnesota, 6.5% of the population is foreign born. Of that number, 80% reside in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. While immigrants from many countries moved to the US as refugees or to find asylum or seek new opportunities for their families, they have run into various barriers that hinder them from fully integrating into American society. One of those barriers is the lack of a valid ID, which prevents New Americans from accessing resources, renting a home, picking their children up from school in an emergency or evenopening a bank account.
Northern Lights Clubhouse
The Clubhouse is being launched in collaboration with the local medical community (clinic and hospital), the community health council, and ambulance service. With them, employees of the regional mental health center, independent mental health providers, a diversity of community members and prospective clubhouse members seek to establish a facility for those with severe and persistent mental health disorders. One in 17 persons lives with an ongoing serious mental illness.
Mower County- A Coordinated Collaborative Response to Domestic Violence
This Committee is the result of intentional planning, engaging individual members, developing a common vision and shared philosophy of centralizing the safety of adult victims and their children, providing comprehensive services and coordinating a response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and child abuse. Members of the Mower County Collaborative Response team have conducted local and national trainings on Effective Collaboration based upon this group’s success.
Hammer's Ralph in the Schools
For more than 85 years, Hammer has provided people with disabilities the opportunity to live life to its fullest. A vital aspect of a full life for those we serve is community-inclusion. However, despite how far we have come, people with disabilities are still discriminated against and maligned by portions of the general population. Stereotypes remain to stigmatize children and adults living with a disability and words such as “retard” are still used in a derogatory and degrading manor.
Providing Free Legal Help to Low-Income Cancer Patients
Cancer Legal Line and the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center have collaborated over the last three years to provide much needed legal help, information and education to the Minnesotans receiving cancer care at the U. Often times the hardest part of having cancer is dealing with the financial, insurance and legal issues (employment, disability, estate planning--wills, trusts, guardianship) that arise following diagnosis.