There’s no better way to build community engagement than to actually listen to communities, and hear from them on how to make their neighborhood safer. This summer, we launched the Collaborative Public Safety Strategies program. It’s a first-of-its kind effort in the US that set aside $500,000 for collaborative, community driven public safety strategies in Little Earth and the surrounding area, and the West Broadway corridor in north Minneapolis. These strategies are designed and implemented by the communities themselves.
The Man Up Club received an award through this program – they’re a youth leadership organization serving African American young men and boys, and they used these additional funds to support programming for 15 young men. I had the chance to meet with them during the Cities United convening, and last night I headed over to Juxtaposition Arts to sit with them again and listen to their stories. It’s so clear that even amid some real pain, loss and trauma, the Man Up Club is giving these young men hope. And I know firsthand how important hope is in a young life. Thanks so much to Korey Dean for his important work, his leadership, and for inviting me to share their space for an evening.
Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN