ReCAST Minneapolis Updates

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March 22, 2017


Quick Glance...

  1. Next ReCAST meeting is March 28, 9:30-11:30am.
  2. The MOU must be signed by March 24.
  3. Strategic plan input is dur by March 24.
  4. The Southside Creative CityMaking team is looking for a community partner to outline the focus of their work. Please see the Creative CityMaking Teams portion of the update for more information.

Community Office Hours:

  • Friday, April 7, 2017 - 2:00-4:00pm
    Pow Wow Grounds, 1414 E. Franklin Ave.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00-11:30am
    Avenue Eatery, 1101 W. Broadway Ave.

Next ReCAST Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 9:30-11:30am
Hosmer Library 347 E 36th St., Minneapolis MN 55408

Key Objectives:

  • Finalize strategic plan
  • Confirm organizations participation in ReCAST (MOUs)
  • Discuss Implementation around strategic plan

Advisory Team Memorandum of Understanding

Advisory Team members will be asked to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the meeting on 3/28. Being a member of the advisory team is voluntary and asks members to participate in the goals, objectives and evaluation of ReCAST Mpls.

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Creative CityMaking Teams

Creative CityMaking Minneapolis (CCM) partners staff in City of Minneapolis departments with experienced community artist consultants to advance the City's goal of eliminating economic and racial disparities. ReCAST Minneapolis is utilizing CCM as a part of the first goal in the strategic plan to create trust and understanding in community. In addition to the ReCAST Minneapolis team, our City's Civil Rights department will collaborate with the community and our Creative CityMaking teams. Both teams will be partnered with mental health and/or cultural healing to support engagement activities.

This week, the teams of CMM artists that are partnering with ReCAST Minneapolis are going through orientation in order to join the conversation next week!

Northside Team:

  • Artists: Sayge Carroll, Keegan Xavi
  • Community Partner: Minneapolis Urban League
  • Policy Area Focus of Project: Housing, policing and employment policy and its impact on the Black Community with a focus on the 50th anniversary of the Plymouth Avenue unrest

Southside Team: 

  • Artists: Greta McLain, Candida Gonzalez
  • Community Partners: We are still looking for a community partner to assist in identifying a specific policy area of focus for the Southside.
  • Policy Area Focus of Project: TBD; Will be developed with the artist team and our community partners, once identified. 

If your organization is interested in being the lead partner to develop the scope of work with the Southside team, please email

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Upcoming Events 

Reducing Violence Against African American Males

The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health is seeking participants for a study on preventing violence due to youth-police interactions among African American males. Purpose:

  • Learn more about the root causes of violence and injury among African American male youth and young adults. 
  • Identify community-driven solutions to youth violence in North Minneapolis and East Saint Paul

Who can participate?

  • Parents and youth (14-24 years old) living in North Minneapolis and East Saint Paul. Youth 14-17 years of age must have their parents contact the university first. 
  • Adults (teachers and others) working in schools and youth-serving organizations.
  • Law enforcement serving North Minneapolis and East Saint Paul. 

For more information, please contact Collin Calvert, 612-624-4386.

Response-based Practices for Socially Just Services: Honoring Client Resistance to the Traumas of Systematic Oppression Training

March 23, 2017 - 8:30am-4:30pm
UROC - 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis

  • Explore the effects of systematic oppression 
  • Identify the practice implications of social locations/identities in relationship to intersectional considerations or power and privilege
  • Learn the principles of response-based practices
  • Learn key practices including asking response-based vs. effects questions and double listening

Scholarships still available, contact Sarah Lentz as soon as possible.

The Open Table: How a Faith-Based Support Model Can Transform Futures in Rural Communities Webinar

June 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Supporting systems in rural communities to address their lack of resources and build capacity to address the behavioral health needs of children, youth and families often requires innovative approaches. Faith communities frequently assume such a role. The Open Table, conceived in 2006, provides on significant model for a faith-based approach. The Open Table process teaches congregation members how to support children, youth and families to develop and carry our a Life Plan away from limiting, impoverished circumstances by accessing the "intellectual and social capital" available in every congregation. Open Table is currently being implemented in both rural and urban counties in 20 states. This webinar will present the Open Tables process as a uniquely valuable support model for disadvantaged persons and families in rural communities.

Community Empowerment through Black Men Healing Conference

June 15-16, 2017
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus, Founders Hall - 700 E. Seventh St., St. Paul

Summer Institute Intensive Session: The Culture of Adversity: Unpacking Trauma's Impact on Children, Families, and the Professionals Working with Them

June 19-21, 2017
St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

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About ReCAST Minneapolis

The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis Program is funded through a multi-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ReCAST Minneapolis is intended to assist high-rick youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently face civil unrest through the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. SAMHSA created the ReCAST Program to support communities that have lived through demonstrations of mass protest in response to police-involved shootings of unarmed African-American males. 

For more information, please email

This update was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM063520-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

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For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact or by phone: 612-673-2958. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. 

TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

Welcome to North Minneapolis" mural by youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts and TATS CRU