From homelessness to connectedness, empowerment, and self-reliance
Monday, 18 November 2013 15:48
Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS), the national leader in experiential and outdoor education, has teamed up with Minneapolis-based YouthLink to connect homeless young adults to the outdoors. With funding from Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota, the program, called S.T.A.R.T. (Surviving to Thriving a Real Transition), focuses on creating a new approach to support some of the area's most vulnerable young adults. S.T.A.R.T. is the first known program in the country that melds education and social services in an effort to combat homelessness.
MABL honors Bernadeia Johnson for courageous leadership
Monday, 18 November 2013 15:45
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) superintendent, Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, was honored on Saturday, Nov. 9, by the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) for her courageous leadership in eliminating the achievement gap for minority students in Minneapolis. Johnson received the 2013 Profiles in Courage Award, an annual recognition award bestowed on individuals who demonstrate courage and excellence in their leadership.
Minnehaha Academy students receive academic recognition
Friday, 08 November 2013 15:58
Three Minnehaha Academy students, Aaron Williams, Zoey Twyford and Tianna Briese received recognition as National Merit Awardees. These students received the designation of National Achievement Outstanding Participants by scoring in the top 3% of more than 160,000 African-Americans who requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Way to Grow and Urban Ventures announce partnership: Parent-child program for preschool-aged children and their families starts this January
Friday, 25 October 2013 15:09
In January 2014, Way to Grow will open a parent-child program for preschool-aged children and their families, called PALS (Parent-Child Activities Lead to School Readiness), on the campus of Urban Ventures, 2924 4th Ave S, Minneapolis.
Earlier this month, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon served breakfast at Pillsbury Elementary School 2250 Garfield Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 5541 to raise awareness of child hunger and its impact on education. The Lt. Governor was joined by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, Pillsbury Principal Laura Cavender, and Ellie Lucas of Hunger Free Minnesota.
Friday, 25 October 2013 13:52
Marian Wright Edelman, NNPA Columnist
[We found that] if we created the right wraparound programs, the right preschool programs that were strong enough and rigorous enough, that fed into a rigorous pre-K through 3 program that fed into a middle school and a high school that actually works and inspired as well as prepared the child, you could have marvelous things happening . . . It all starts in the first 720 days—pre-K, K, 1, and 2. If you don’t get those right, the last 720 days—grades 9, 10, 11, 12—won’t be right.” –Superintendent Jerry Weast
Pete Rhodes, chairman, Urban Mass Media Group, executive director, Black Music America Network. Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Karen L. Charles, artistic director, Threads Dance Project. Phyllis Gilliam, Sunday's Best.