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July 20, 2017

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ReCAST Minneapolis Receives Confirmation of Second Year Funds

On Friday, July 14, the City of Minneapolis received confirmation that its ReCAST Minneapolis program would continue into the second year! The ReCAST team is looking forward to offering resources and trainings to community organizations as well as City staff to build capacity. 

Invitation Extended for City Trauma Training 

In partnership with the Welcoming City Task Force, ReCAST Minneapolis is hosting trauma training for City staff to learn about trauma experiences in communities and to gain self-care skills to address potential sources of trauma. Throughout this series of trainings, employees will gain valuable skills and tools needed to understand different types of trauma with some elements of training focused on immigrant and refugees communities.

This training will be facilitated by Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), an organization with 35 years of experience in providing trauma-informed, clinical mental health servuces for Latinos and other immigrants. 

The ReCAST Minneapolis team would like to make these trainings available to advisory team members and community members, however, due to space, there will only be 10 available seats so first come, first serve!


Introduction to Understanding Trauma: An Emphasis on Immigrants and Refugees

Section A:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, August 30
    1-3 p.m. - City Hall, Rm 319
  • Session 2: Wednesday, September 13
    1-3 p.m. - City Hall, Rm 319

Section B:

  • Session 1: Friday, September 1
    9-11 a.m. - City Hall, Rm 319
  • Session 2: Friday, September 15
    9-11 a.m. - City Hall, Rm 319

*Must complete both sessions in either section.

Paradoxical Power of Healing Relationships: Interacting with Individuals with Stress and Trauma

Section A

  • Session 1: Wednesday, September 20
    1-3 p.m. - City Hall, Rm 319
  • Session 2: Wednesday, October 4
    1-3 p.m. - City Hall, Rm 319

Section B

  • Session 1: Friday, September 22
    9-11 a.m. - City Hall, Rm 132
  • Session 2: Friday, October 6
    9-11 a.m. - City Hall, Rm 319

*Must complete both sessions in either section.

Secondary/Vicarious Trauma: What It Is and How to Deal with It

  • Wednesday, October 11
    1-3 p.m. - City Hall, Rm 319
  • Friday, October 13
    9-11 a.m. - City Hall, Rm 319

*Choose one date.

Expert Panel from Target Populations

  • Thursday, November 2
    9 a.m. - Noon, Central Library, Pohlad Hall

*Target Populations Defined: Externally - immigrants and refugees from SE Asian, Latino, and East African Communities.

To register for any of these trainings, please contact with the training title and date you wish to attend.  

Community Organizations Offer Healing Spaces

One of the main objectives of ReCAST Minneapolis is to align community resources to increase the capacity of organizations as well as meeting the needs of community's youth, families and other residents. Partner organizations of ReCAST as well as City departments came together after the Yanez verdict to create spaces for community and City staff to express their emotions in a safe environment. The ReCAST Minneapolis team held conference calls throughout the week to develop a community response to trauma. These calls served as a place to identify needs of the community, work collectively to create spaces in community to address those needs and create awareness around other healing spaces in the following days of the verdict. Organizations involved in this coordinated effort include: Minneapolis Urban League, Stairstep Foundation, Minneapolis Health, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Kente Circle, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Police Department, MPD Chaplains, Masjid An-Nur, New Creation Church, Joi Unlimited and Cultural Wellness Center. 

Events were advertised via KMOJ radio, email distribution lists, community healers' circles, printed advertisements and social media. Events and resources were well utilized by ReCAST Minneapolis partners and stakeholders. Below are examples of the spaces held to foster community healing. Some of these events existed prior to the verdict being announced and others were the product of the coordinated effort of organizations described above.  

  • Kente Circle
    Evening of Community Healing, Special guests: Jamela Pettiford, Dru Devon shared spoken word, Mike Hoyt, Pillsbury House and ReCAST Minneapolis offered emotional, logistical and financial support, additional walk-in hours were also available
  • Youth Coordinating Board's Youth Outreach Team
    Offered support to community based healing and listening sessions
  • Minneapolis Urban League
    Host site for healing session and listening session, Partnership with NorthPoint Health and Wellness
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness
    Community healing session and listening session, Partnership with Minneapolis Urban League
  • New Creation Church
    Hosted a gathering for people of faith
  • Joi Unlimited, Coaching and Consulting
    Virtual responses to community, KMOJ and MPR radio broadcasts, #blackjoy video series, livestreamed and recorded meditations
  • Resmaa Menakem
    KMOJ broadcast, video production on Trauma and the Black body, #blackjoy video series
  • Peace Summit
    Decompression space
  • Cultural Wellness Center
    Bi-monthly healing and truth telling ceremony provided space for community members
  • People's Movement Center
    POC & Indigenous Intro to Kundalini Yoga for community members
  • His Works United
    Worked with local churches and community members to host a session on reducing gun violence

Citywide Safe Spaces

Several departments throughout the City of Minneapolis held Safe/Brave Space Conversations after the Yanez verdict and dashcam video was released to allow employees to discuss their reactions and experiences. Common themes that came up in these conversations were around institutional racism, fear for friends and family members and what the City can do for its employees before incidents like this arise.

City Departments that held safe space conversation

  • Human Resources
  • Regulatory Services 
  • Health Department
  • Community Planning and Economic Development
  • Civil Rights 
  • City Coordinator's Department

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Nexus Community Partners releases new report on "Healing Justice"

For over three years, Nexus and its partners in the Leaders of Color Collaborative (Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Hope Community, Native American Community Development Institute and Voices for Racial Justice) have been sharing their work training leaders of color and indigenous leaders for community and systems change. As we dove deeper into our stories, we began articulating the reasons why and how leadership development looks different for communities of color and indigenous communities (POCI).

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Community Events

Camp Lift - One Day Camp for children and teens coping with the death of a loved one
September 9, 2017 - 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
YMCA Camp Ihduhapi - 3425 Ihduhapi Trail, Loretto MN 55357
Camp is free. Bus transportation from North Minneapolis provided.
More information

"Signifyin' & Testifyin'" - 26th Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival
Opening Ceremonies - September 28, 2017 - 7-10 p.m. - Location: TBD
Liar's Contest - September 29, 2017 - 7-10 p.m. - Ames Elks Lodge, 1610 Plymouth Ave N
Grand Finale - September 30, 2017 - 7-10 p.m. - Minneapolis Central Library - 400 Hennepin
More information

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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-risk 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. 

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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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