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August 23, 2017

Request for Qualifications for Trainers

The City of Minneapolis is committed to healing and resilience grounded in the evidence of cultural experience and practice. Through Resilience in Community After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST), the City seeks trainers who are able to develop and implement the inaugural Capacity Building Institute. The Capacity Building Institute is a training model that will support ongoing development and engagement for African American and American Indian faith leaders, community leaders, people who work with youth and their families, and community members. The goal of the institute is to increase the awareness capacity of 40 individuals in trauma awareness and the ability to provide community-based strategies that promote resilience.

The City of Minneapolis will take steps to recruit participants, but respondents can promote the opportunity through their networks as well. The City will also provide space and refreshments for the training. Evaluation and reflection will be built in to every session. Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that accomplished one or more of the scope areas through one or more trainings by 5 p.m. Friday, September 8 to

Request for Qualifications (PDF 0.45)

RFQ One Page Overview (PDF 0.14)

Please forward this opportunity to your networks and email questions to 

Next Advisory Team Meeting - Healing and Capacity Building

In two workshop sessions with the ReCAST Minneapolis Advisory Team, Joi Unlimited will provide valuable tools for participants to increase their capacity to respond to trauma and facilitate their own healing journeys. The sessions will take place on Tuesday, August 29 and Tuesday, September 26 from 9.30 a.m. - noon and will be held at North Regional Library.

Seats Still Available for Trauma Trainings!

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.  

Kente Circle Hosts Sixth Annual Conference on Healing

Healing in Community: Shifting the Burden of Dismantling Systemic Racism

A two-day conference for those is mental and behavioral healthcare, education, youth services, faith, government, activism, and the broader community. All are welcome!

Shoreview Community Center - 4580 Victoria St N., Shoreview
November 2-3, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

"Join us for our sixth annual fall conference as we once again lift up the voices of people of color and indigenous people while challenging the common misconception that white people have no stake in dismantling systemic racism. Learn from Resmaa Menakem how the effects of white body supremacy reside in all of our nervous systems and how body-based healing approaches help us identify and respond to racial trauma in our daily lives and workplaces. Explore with Robin DiAngelo common white racial patterns that thwart equity and how to shift them. Our dynamic group of healers, scholars, activists, spoken word artists, and faith leaders will offer tools to become more effective advocates for justice and healing within and between our communities."

Register here!

The ReCAST Minneapolis team is offering 5 scholarships to this conference for advisory team members or people in your organizations who would like to attend, but have a financial barrier to participating. These scholarships will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.If interested, please email

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Mapping Prejudice Needs Your Help to Make History!

Calvin Schmid's 1937 map of the "Natural Areas" of Minneapolis, from "A Social Saga of Two Cities"
Calvin Schmid's 1937 map of the "Natural Areas" of Minneapolis, from "A Social Saga of Two Cities"

From Historyopolis, a team of historians are relying on volunteers to make the first-ever map of racial covenants for an American city.

Racially-restrictive deeds --or racial covenants, as they are also known--prohibited people who were not white from purchasing or occupying homes. One common deed in Minneapolis stipulated that the "premises shall not at any time be conveyed, mortgaged or leased to any person or persons of Chinese, Japanese, Moorish, Turkish, Negro, Mongolian or African blood or descent."

These kinds of restrictions were used all over the United States, serving as the building blocks for a forgotten system of American apartheid. But no one has ever mapped when and where they were embedded into the urban landscape. 

Most Minneapolitans think that their city was never burdened by the Jim Crow-type formal segregation of the American South. The city never had segregated watering fountains. But it was blanketed by racially-restrictive property deeds, which kept many desirable neighborhoods in the city exclusively white for most of the twentieth century. 

Mapping Prejudice wants to illuminate these forgotten boundaries of race. It is a collaborative effort by researchers at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota to find and map all the properties in Minneapolis reserved for white people during the twentieth century. 

Community volunteers are making this possible. Our team has identified 5,000 racially-restrictive deeds. We are certain that we will find another 15,000 covenants. But we need help reading and classifying the historic deeds that we have flagged as likely to contain this language. 

This is a simple task that can be done from any computer with an internet connection. For a more detailed description, please see our online tutorial.

We are also happy to speak to groups or classes. Please use the contact form on our website to get in touch if you would like to host a volunteer training.

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Register to be a Presenter at the 2017 Minneapolis Partners with Youth Conference 

The 2017 Minneapolis Partners with Youth Conference will be held on October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The goal of this conference is to provide training opportunities for youth work professionals in Minneapolis. Through the conference, Minneapolis youth work professionals share strategies to create and increase positive youth development and engagement, co-create professional development to youth and youth serving professionals, and build a foundation for ongoing networking, learning and community-wide resource sharing. The conference is jointly held by the Minneapolis Health Department, Minneapolis Employment & Training, and the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board. This year's partners include Youthprise and Hennepin County Libraries.

This year the planning team is also creating intentional space for youth participate as well. In accomplishing this goal, for youth and youth workers alike, pathways need to be created for opportunity, healing, action, and sustaining. These core issues have been identified as essential components needed to partner with youth.

The planning team invites you to share your voice and ideas through this year's conference. Workshops will be 45 minutes long. Presenters will be compensated for their time with an honorarium. Please note that honorariums will be paid per workshop and not per presenter. Workshop proposals will be reviewed by the planning team in early September. If you have any questions regarding the conference or presenting, please contact Phil Rooney via email or phone 612-607-4091 or Nigel Perrote via email or phone 612-627-5527.

Please fill out the following form to apply to present:

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Join the MN Department of Health for a monthly Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community 

Tuesday, August 29th from 10 a.m. - noon

August Topic: The Bounce Back Project: Promoting Health Through Happiness
Strategic Focus: Well-being Skills - Individual and Institutional Implementation

Dr. Corey Martin, Director of Clinical Services, Allina Hospital - Buffalo, 2017 Bush Fellow

The Bounce Back Project is a unique collaborative of physicians, nurses, and hospital leaders who have come together for the single purpose of helping organizations, individuals, and communities develop the skills needed to prevent and address burnout in each other. In our first year, more than 6000 people have heard Bounce Back Presentations. Individuals are experiencing renewed purpose and meaning and our physicians are changing the way they practice medicine. We will talk about these simple, easy tools that have been showed to improve social connection, sleep, memory and create a stronger immune system. It's simple... and life changing.

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 (SAMHSA). ReCAST Minneapolis is intended to assist high-risk youth and families, and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced 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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