ReCAST Minneapolis Update

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September 12, 2017

In this edition:

  • Capacity Building Institute Update
  • City Celebrates 'Welcoming Week'
  • Psychological First Aid Training for City Staff
  • Seats Still Available for Trauma Trainings! 
  • ReCAST Minneapolis Offering Scholarships to Sixth Annual Kente Circle Conference on Healing
  • Funding Opportunity: The 'U' is for You 
  • New Resource - Organizational Resilience: Reducing the Impact of Secondary Trauma on Front Line Human Services Staff
  • Sacred Places, Sacred Stories: A Reclamation Journey into Healing Justice 

Capacity Building Institute Update

Thank you to those who submitted proposals for the Capacity Building Institute. We are no longer accepting proposals and are currently in the reviewing process. We thank you for your patience and feel free to reach out to with questions. 

City Celebrates 'Welcoming Week'

The City of Minneapolis will take part in "Welcoming Week" Sept. 15-24 - a nationwide initiative designed to bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents.

The City is hosting two community events to foster dialogue and understanding about Minneapolis' rich diversity and to stand up for immigrants and refugees in our community.

  • 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. The event will feature a panel discussion, information from community organizations and several interactive activities, including storytelling and a chance to share thoughts on what makes a welcoming city.
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. The event will focus on youth experience of immigration, including a panel discussion and artwork. (In case of rain, the event will be held nearby at Wellstone International School, 3328 Elliot Ave. S.)

The City recently joined Welcoming America's network of Welcoming Cities and Counties - a membership recognizing its commitment to inclusiveness toward immigrants and all its residents. Nearly 100 local governments across the country belong to the network launched by Decatur, George-based Welcoming American, a nonprofit founded in 2009. In 2016, there were nearly 400 events in 150 communities for Welcoming Week.

The City will also launch its #WeAreMpls campaign during Welcoming Week, which will highlight compelling stories and photos or newcomers and long-time Minneapolis residents.

For more information about Welcoming Week, go to

Psychological First Aid Training for City Staff

ReCAST Minneapolis is currently in the process of offering Psychological First Aid Training to first point of contact staff including 311, 911, and the Emergency Operations Department among others. Building the capacity of community and City staff is outlined in the strategic plan as well as the ReCAST Minneapolis goals. We are working with Resmaa Menakem to offer this training in the upcoming months.

In conjunction with the Trauma Trainings listed below, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio was able to facilitate a safe space conversation for staff and management with the 311 department. ReCAST Minneapolis aims to offer more opportunities to departments that interact with residents on a regular basis.

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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!


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.

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ReCAST Minneapolis Offering Scholarships to the Sixth Annual Kente Circle 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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Funding Opportunity 

The 'U' is for You: Supporting Community Engagement with the UMN

The University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) is offering funding to support initiatives that bring community organizations, groups and individuals together with University researchers, faculty and staff. 'U' is for You originated as an idea from the community to provide community access to the University. Its goal is bi-directional and mutual learning. In addition, 'U' is for You provides an avenue to address community-identified needs for capacity building in areas such as project set-up, relationship building, research ethics, and community research roles.

This program will support initiatives designed with the goal of sharing and discussing information about any aspect of health research among participants from the community and university. This can happen in a number of ways, e.g. informative events, convening meetings, community dialogues, and alternative approaches. Goals:

  1. Bring together diverse representatives from both the community and university and support bi-directional communication and learning.
  2. Develop topics of interest to the community. 
  3. Examine one of more areas of translational research and strategies for applying results and sustaining gains in health outcomes. 
  4. Lay the groundwork for subsequent research collaborations.

More information

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New Resource - Organizational Resilience: Reducing the Impact of Secondary Trauma on Front Line Human Services Staff

Secondary traumatic stress (STS) impacts thousands of people working on the front lines of the helping professions, including teachers, social workers, health workers, and clergy. This can lead to organizational dysfunction, burnout, staff turnover, less effective service provision, and stress-related disease.

The TA Center Issue Brief includes:

  • An overview of STS, its risk factors, and its effects on health 
  • Organizational policies that reduce STS
  • Strategies and resources to prevent workplace STS
  • Tips for STS screening, self-assessment, and self-care
  • Actions everyone in the organization can take to prevent STS

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Sacred Places, Sacred Stories: A Reclamation Journey into Healing Justice

This is an opportunity to both name the context of colonization - of bodies, land and stories - that White Supremacy has wrought and tell the stories of successful healing, resilience and resistance.

This event is planned collaboratively by Black, Native, white, queer, cisgender, straight, Christian, Jewish and traditional activists, artists and storytellers from Black Lives Matter Minneapolis; the Center for Sustainable Justice; Healing Minnesota Stories; the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation; and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light. It promises to be an important opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds who wish to learn more powerfully how to be working in spiritually and religiously-rooted ways to bring about embodied justice.

Join us as we share stories of resilient community organizing in three places around the Twin Cities in response to what white supremacy has stolen: bodies, land and stories. Each day will include ceremony, listening to stories, actions of service, and an opportunity to process and grow as a group.

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Emergency Preparedness Event - Sept. 23

Participants can make a family plan to stay safe before, during and after an emergency or natural disaster. The public is invited to a free, family-friendly event to get an emergency planning kit, make a plan, and find out hose to be informed in case of an emergency or natural disaster such as a tornado, flood or blizzard. Attendees can also enjoy free food, music, speakers and spoken word artists, education and information, and giveaways.

Northside Preparedness Jam
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23
Freedom Square, 2034 West Broadway Ave.

The Northside 

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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